Just two days before the 2018 opening ceremony in Seattle, WA, this July, Special Olympics held the Igniting Change: Inclusive Health Summit in partnership with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD).
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.
Increasing Awareness of Inclusive Health Clubs
During the event, organizations—including IHRSA—met to identify ways to help more people with intellectual disabilities better their health and well-being through physical activity. Many organizations in attendance also touched on what actions they have taken to be more inclusive, and how these actions have produced beneficial results for community members and business.
Kilian Fisher, IHRSA’s international public policy advisor, attended the event and spoke as part of a panel on the “Importance and Impact of Inclusive Practices.”
“I am always striving to increase awareness of the great work that health clubs perform and how the positive work they do contributes to improving the overall health and well-being of people of all abilities and ages,” says Fisher. “This was an ideal opportunity to both create awareness and develop new partnerships.”