Show your support by joining us for Global Week of Inclusion Monday July 19 to Sunday July 25
Canadians with an intellectual disability (ID) have known the pain of isolation and exclusion long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Many children, youth and adults with an ID get left out – on the playground, of the workforce, the conversation. Together, we have the power to change this when we Choose To Include.
Join us by participating in these activities to help you become a Champion of Inclusion.
Activity #1: PHOTO CHALLENGE
- Take a photo of yourself (on your own, or with friends/family, if safe to do so) holding a sign that reads “I #ChooseToInclude” (Keep the sign simple – or get creative!)
- Post the photo (make sure the sign, message and your face are visible) to social media with #ChooseToInclude & @SpecialOCanada
- Tag at least one friend encouraging them to #ChooseToInclude with you.
Activity #2: Meet an Athlete
Watch one (or all!) of the videos below to meet a Special Olympics athlete and discover the power of inclusion.
Zack and Jesse Thibeault, Special Olympics British Columbia
EMILIA MORIN TURCOTTE, Special Olympics QUEBEC
EZEKIEL LIU, Special Olympics ONTARIO
Meet more Special Olympics athletes by watching all episodes of The Highlight Reel:
Activity #3: A RECIPE FOR INCLUSION
Join Special Olympics powerlifter and Health Messenger, Cameron, in making a healthy smoothie!
CAMERON GORDON, Special Olympics PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Find more healthy recipes and nutrition lessons by visiting the Nutrition Corner:
Activity #4: FLEX YOUR INCLUSION MUSCLE
Join Special Olympics athletes Stephanie Chang and Greg Deemer in a virtual workout with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch and Personal Trainer Dylan Landon.
Special Olympics School of Strength
Check out more workouts from the Special Olympics School of Strength:
Activity #5: SEE THE ABILITY
See how you measure up in a competition against a gold medal winning Special Olympics athlete. Special Olympics athlete, Peter Snider, jumped 5.80 meters at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2019, taking home a gold medal.
Get outside, mark Peter's distance of 5.80 meters on the ground and see how close you come to a champion! Take a photo or video of your best jump and share it to social media tagging @SpecialOCanada with #ChooseToInclude – you might just earn a virtual medal!
Activity #6: JOIN THE INCLUSION MOVEMENT
No one deserves to be left behind - in sport, or in life.
Too often, people with an intellectual disability are unable to realize their limitless potential because they aren't given the opportunities that many of us take for granted. Together, we have the power to change that when we #ChoosToInclude.
How you can #ChooseToInclude:
2. Join the Inclusion Movement to receive an email from Special Olympics Canada sharing the many ways you can make a difference:
3. Make a donation today to support the more than 41,000 Special Olympics athletes across Canada: