Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

Special Olympics Southern California

Whole School Engagement

Whole School Engagement incorporates awareness and education activities which promote inclusion, reach the entire school, and align with the Unified Champion School mission.

Social & Emotional Security

Students feel safe from verbal abuse, teasing and exclusion

Social & Civic Learning

Students feel supported in the development of social and civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions

Respect for Diversity

A mutual respect for individual differences at all levels of the school

School Connectedness & Engagement

Positive identification with the school and norms for broad participation in school life.

How to Build a Unified Campus

Spread the Word

The campaign, created and reimagined by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support of inclusion, and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Be Fearless, Be Kind and Ability Awareness day events are also common.

Student Fundraising

Fundraising activities are integral to the sustainability of any Unified Sports team or club.
Here are just a few ideas: Polar Plunge, selling Spread the Word t-shirts, and accessories, or food and coffee carts.

Classroom Activities

Inclusion Tiles
The purpose of the Inclusion Tiles is to help gear your mind to think of the true meaning of diversity and meaningful inclusion. Meaningful inclusion can be a hard thing to put into words, and the Inclusion Tiles are a way to begin this conversation. The Inclusion Tiles are designed to be used between students, adults, and people of all ages.

Fans in the Stands

Students cheer for their school’s Unified Sports team as valued spectators.

Their enthusiasm, team spirit and cheering ability will encourage the team to do their best. Plus, they’ll witness the courage, determination and joy of their fellow students as they compete. Fans of all ages are welcome, and cheer gear such as signs and pom poms are encouraged.

Pep Rallies

Students learn about Special Olympics programs, the abilities and gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities and the hurtful and exclusionary effect of the casual use of demeaning language.
Students are motivated to become engaged in a cause for social justice by inspirational first-hand testimonials, music performances, video and multimedia presentations. Includes a variety of ideas and options for how students can take action, get involved in Unified activities, and advocate with and on behalf of persons with intellectual disabilities.

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