Project UNIFY is a U.S. national project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is built on the premise that in order to have the greatest impact, the change process needs to stat with youn people. Project UNIFY brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through education, sports and related initiatives that provide them with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students.
Project UNIFY is for students, teachers and educators who believe that:
There should be more opportunities for young people of all ages and ability levels to make friends and work together for change.
Students with intellectual disabilities should become part of the core fabric of the education community and be perceived as assets in their school and community.
Students without intellectual disabilities can and should increase their knowledge, skills and comfort in forming positive social relationships with students with intellectual disabilities and come together to address societal issues.
Policymakers and education leaders should develop policies and support quality practices that encourage positive school climates with safe and nurturing learning environments for all students.
Project UNIFY initiatives include a host of core activities, both on the national and the grass-roots level. Local projects that meet Project UNIFY objectives are supported through grants for local Special Oympics Oregon Programs.