American Graduate Day

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On Saturday September 27th (EKS Day) Special Olympics will be participating in “American Graduate Day,” a 7-hour live national broadcast on PBS, addressing the issue of graduation rates in the United States. And for the first time in its history, special education and Special Olympics’ work in schools will be a part of this exciting conversation!

Tune in to your local PBS station on September 27th between 1:30 and 2:30 PM CST to meet athlete and youth leaders Alexa and Brooke from Special Olympics New Jersey and hear their story. A message from SOI Chairman Tim Shriver is also scheduled to be featured in the broadcast. Alexa and Brooke are scheduled to be on air close to 1:45 PM, but it is a live broadcast, hence the one hour window we’ve shared.

Check your local listings for more information. The broadcast will also be streamed live on the American Graduation Day website

We are thrilled to be a featured part of this national conversation addressing a critical issue for students with and without intellectual disabilities.

Don’t forget to tune in!

StWtEtW is coming soon!

2014 StWtEtW with Jed CollinsSpread the Word to End the Word (StWtEtW) national day of recognition is March 5th! Join New Orleans Saints Fullback, Jed Collins and pledge not to use the r-word (retard) anymore! Visit www.r-word.org to pledge and see what you can do on March 5th to take a stand. The Special Olympics Louisiana state office has wristbands, stickers, buttons, etc. for any schools or groups who want to raise awareness and eradicate the use of the r-word! Contact us

Leveling the Playing Field

Friday was a groundbreaking day for people with disabilities in the US. The Department of Education released new guidance to schools requiring equal access to sports for people with disabilities. One of the clarifications says, “Exclusion of students from sports activities is not permissible.  Therefore, if children with disabilities cannot be accommodated within existing programs, alternatives need to be developed.” This is wonderful news for our organization and our advocates. Special Olympics Louisiana looks forward to establishing new and enhancing existing relationships with the schools in Louisiana to promote equality for all students.

Read the full release from Special Olympics Louisiana here
Read more about it here
Read the USA Today article here