Unified Schools

2022-05-30 15:11:49
Unified schools unites students with and without intellectual disabilities.

COMING SOON – Unified Schools

Our Unified Schools program promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing young people with and without intellectual disability and/or autism together, to create school communities that are accepting of all students.

The program combines physical activity, classroom learning, and whole of school strategies to create school climates of acceptance.

  • Unified Playing for All: a fully inclusive physical activity program that incorporates students with and without intellectual disability and/or autism playing and learning together. Schools select a Playing for All program and make it Unified by including students with and without intellectual disability and/or autism. Can be delivered by a teacher or a Special Olympics Australia arranged coach.
  • Unified Classroom Lessons: a series of lessons and resources for Foundation to Year 6, aligned to the Australian Curriculum, designed to equip students with the tools to be inclusive leaders. The lessons focus on the General Capabilities, Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social Capability, and cover topics such as Emotional Awareness, Communication, Leadership, and Diversity. The lessons extend and complement the learning experienced by students when participating in the Unified Playing for All sessions.
  • Whole School Engagement: school-wide awareness and education activities that build a school climate of empowerment and inclusion. Students with and without intellectual disabilities are involved with planning and leading awareness events with the support of an adult. Access the Special Olympics Australia Unified Schools Framework for strategies for creating a more socially inclusive school.

The Snapshot

  • Suitable for Foundation to Year 6
  • Combines physical activity, classroom lesson plans and whole school engagement strategies
  • Youth Leadership lessons delivered by school’s teacher/s
  • Program length is 8-week

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