Four hundred and fifteen students from the Sioux City School District will participate in the Project UNIFY Day Forum on Wednesday, February 22 at Sioux City West High School from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is the fourth year of the highly successful program in the Sioux City Schools.
Students will represent North, West and East High Schools, in addition to North and East Middle Schools in Sioux City. During the day, special education students will partner with regular education peers to participate in the ropes course/team building exercises with the Sioux City Air National Guard.
There will also be groups of students reviewing various scenarios and discussing how they would address such situations in their schools. The students will have time during the day to begin planning implementation of their own Spread the Word to End the Word campaign in March. Spread the Word to End the Word focuses on eliminating the use of the r-word ‘retard(ed)’ and replacing it with respect. Find out more about the R-Word campaign at www.r-word.org
Project UNIFY is a U.S. national project with the goal to activate young people to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.
The program creates partnerships between general education students and students with intellectual disabilities that will continue after the training and competition. Project UNIFY, the Special Olympics National Youth Activation Demonstration Project, is supported by funding by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The program builds understanding among the Special Olympics Iowa athletes and their partners in addition to other classmates and community members.