Special Olympics and Best Buddies Congressional Briefing: Combating Bullying Against Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Where:
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1539, Washington, D.C.

When:
Friday, June 28, from 12:30 to 1:30

We invite you to join us for an important briefing by Special Olympics and Best Buddies on addressing bullying of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six children have a developmental disability. This briefing will highlight the important work that is being done to raise awareness about a significant issue facing some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Founded in 1968, Special Olympics provides sports training and competitive opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Today, more than 4 million athletes participate in 30 individual and team sports.  Representatives will discuss Project UNIFY, an initiative working to create more inclusive school environments for people with intellectual disabilities, and ultimately all students.

Best Buddies, founded in 1989, works to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Local student leaders in Best Buddies programs from George Mason High School and Oakton High School, both in Virginia, will discuss first-hand experiences of the work of Best Buddies chapters and the challenges high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities face.

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About Lisa Derx

Vice President, Government Relations, Best Buddies International

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