Inclusion is the issue of our time. In an increasingly diverse world, the skillsets and mindsets to constructively engage those who are different are urgently needed. A future where stigma and exclusion no longer plague the marginalized requires a generational tipping point in development of these skills, beginning in schools. To meet this urgency, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools has been developed as an evidence-based, co-curricular intervention convening students with and without intellectual disabilities to develop inclusive mindsets and skillsets through sport, leadership development, and community engagement. This is executed in partnership between local and national education authorities and Special Olympics, a global organization present in 190+ countries with 50 years of experience creating attitudinal change towards the most historically marginalized: people with intellectual disabilities. This project will reach local, national, and global tipping points to normalize inclusion through expanding Unified Champion Schools and deepening research understanding of inclusive mindsets.
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