Building Bridges Support for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Worldwide David Evangelista, Senior Director of Multilateral Relations, Special Olympics, Inc.
Background Special Olympics
ONE WOMAN’S VISION Eunice Kennedy Shriver CHANGED THE WORLD for the better like few others in history. With A VISION ALL HER OWN , she saw beyond every horizon to create new opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
To provide YEAR-ROUND SPORTS TRAINING and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them CONTINUING OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a SHARING OF GIFTS, SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIP with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. THE MISSION OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Approximately 2% OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION or almost 200 MILLION PEOPLE have intellectual disabilities, making it ONE OF THE LARGEST DISABILITY POPULATIONS in the world. THE NEED
GLOBAL SNAP SHOT
SPECIAL NEEDS INDIVIDUALS ARE STIGMATIZED AND EXCLUDED FROM HEALTH CARE
66% of Special Olympics athletes have not had an eye exam in 3 years.
Program designed to provide global vision care for people with intellectual disabilities, and provides specialized training for eye care professionals worldwide WHAT IS OPENING EYES?
DESCRIPTION -OPENING EYES
The mission of Opening Eyes is to improve the quality of vision care with intellectual disabilities
Opening Eyes is implemented worldwide through a global partnership shared between Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International
Opening Eyes screening events are made possible through the teamwork between clinical professionals and Lions Clubs volunteers
LIONS CLUBS VOLUNTEERS
Qualified Volunteer Teams
LIONS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL OPENING EYES ( SOLCIOE ) screenings
LIONS CLUBS ROLES
Visual Acuity Pointers
Color Vision Tests
Near Visual Acuity
QUALITY VISION CARE PRESCRIPTION EYE GLASSES PROTECTIVE SPORTS GOGGLES DESIGNER SUN GLASSES SPECIALIZED CLINICAL TRAINING EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT FOLLOW UP TREATMENTS AND SERVICES COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION A Partnership Design
Opening Eyes Global Partners Global Partner of Special Olympics Exclusive Global Supplier of Frames/Sunglasses Exclusive Global Supplier of Ophthalmic Lenses Exclusive Global Supplier of Protective Sports Goggles
Opening Eyes: A Global Presence 1991 EVENTS 1995-1999 EVENTS 2000 EVENTS 2001 EVENTS 1991-2003 EVENTS 1999-2005 EVENTS 2007 EVENTS
2010 Europe Eurasia Games WARSAW, POLAND
WORLD SUMMER GAMES- GREECE ATHENS, GREECE
WORLD SUMMER GAMES - GREECE ATHENS, GREECE 120 LIONS VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATED IN WORLD SUMMER GAMES !!!!
WORLD SUMMER GAMES- GREECE ATHENS, GREECE “ It’s amazing he was even walking around” Hicham Novara, a swimmer from Morocco competing at World Games
SPECIAL OLYMPICS – LIONS CLUBS MULTIPLE DISTRICTS NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
SPECIAL OLYMPICS – LIONS CLUBS MULTIPLE DISTRICTS PARTNERSHIP WITH MD322, INDIA
SERVICE THROUGH COMMITMENT
LIONS CLUBS LEADERS IN SERVICE “ Leadership and learning are indispensable to eachother. ” John F. Kennedy
Moments of Excellence
Lions Clubs all over the world make this possible.
GLOBAL IMPACT - 2012 Special Olympics Korea Invitational Winter Games- Pyeong Chang, Korea - 2012 Special Olympics Africa Regional Football Tournament- South Africa - Opening Eyes Implementation Sunshine Rehabilitation Homes – People´s Republic of China
New Country Development –
Opening Eyes Global Expansion
- Early Childhood Intervention through
Opening Eyes programming
LIONS CLUBS ON A GLOBAL STAGE 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Korea 2014 Special Olympics European Regional Games – Belgium 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, USA
2012 Partnership Excitement Opening Eyes Across Europe Eurasia Special Olympics Germany National Games (May) Special Olympics Italia National Games (June) Special Olympics Central Asian Games (Astana, Kaz) Special Olympics Nederlands National Games (June) Special Olympics Malta National Games (September) Special Olympics Switzerland National Games (March)