Text on the right reading: Inspiring Meaningful Change; illustration on the right of four people holding flags.
Building from sport, Unified Leadership teaches leaders of all abilities to value and learn from each other, and create environments where people with ID succeed in meaningful roles.

Many Special Olympics athlete leaders are successful media influencers, teammates, coaches and community activists. This becomes possible when people around them welcome, value and support their determination, effort and skills. Unfortunately, many people with intellectual disabilities are unable to achieve their leadership potential because of the attitudes, behaviors and low expectations of people without disabilities.

Unified Leadership: Let Them Lead

The Unified Leadership approach helps people without disabilities to turn from unconscious bias to conscious inclusion, changing their attitudes and behaviors to create meaningful inclusion in their teams, organizations, families and communities. This approach closely connects with Athlete Leadership, where athletes train and take on roles as educators, influencers and leaders of people with and without disabilities.

Resources for Internal use
Within Special Olympics, the Unified Leadership approach is being implemented through athlete leaders educating staff, volunteers, coaches, health workers and others about inclusion and unity. Learning about Unified Leadership is always experiential and practical. It enables leaders of all abilities to promote and accept a new way of doing things.
More information about Unified Leadership for Special Olympics audiences.
Slides with speaker notes for use in educating internal audiences.
Resources for External use
Special Olympics is putting inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities on the radar through engaging our partners’ leaders and employees. With education sessions led by the Special Olympics athlete leaders, we highlight the need to consider people with intellectual disability in D&I and culture building strategies.
More information about Unified Leadership for external audiences such as partners, donors and governments.