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Congratulations to Alamo Heights High School and Brady High School, which have been recognized as the first Unified Champion Schools in the state of Texas! Both schools received a gym banner that denotes their honor. (View the presentation in Brady here: https://www.facebook.com/UnifiedChampionsTX/videos/2020711334838465/)

The Unified Champion Schools program is changing the lives of students throughout the United States by promoting inclusion and acceptance of students with and without intellectual disabilities. More than 100 elementary, middle school and high school campuses throughout Texas participate in the Unified Champion Schools program. Typically developing students participate alongside students who have intellectual disabilities – as peers, not as “helpers.” All students engage in self-advocacy, friendship, fitness and sports opportunities together, building relationships that help to change the atmosphere of campuses away from bullying and toward inclusion.

To be a Recognized Unified Champion School, a campus Unified Champion Club must:

  • Touch each of the core components of Unified Champion Schools (Inclusive Youth Leadership & Activation, Unified Sports and Whole School Involvement)
  • include both typically developing and intellectually disabled students on its leadership team
  • participate in at least in Unified Sports in at least one area: Unified Recreation, Unified Sports Player Development or Unified Sports (competing in Special Olympics local, area, state, national or world competitions)

“Both schools are outstanding examples of what a school can achieve,” said Alice Keller, the Director of Youth Initiatives for Special Olympics Texas. “We’re proud of the students, teachers  and school leadership, who have made this program a priority.” For more information: http://www.sotx.org/programs/ucs/

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