2008Eunice Kennedy ShriverFellow, IndiaNalin Kumar       [“FUN GAMES- 2008” , DEHRADUN]   “An endeavor to promote awarenes...
Fun Games DehradunABSTRACT:As part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Fellowship, offered by the Special Olympics International...
8.5 Million. Dehradun has population of 4, 47,808 (2001). The population of athletes with IntellectualDisability/Mental Re...
All participating volunteers, students and organizing team members had undergone the trainingprogram on the Protective Beh...
Volunteers at the “Fun Games”Event Specifics-Over more than 100 spectators and 210 participants (in different roles) had j...
4X 100 Meters Relay                                         Football skill levelRecognition to athletes schools, volunteer...
Assessment (Findings from the pre- event, post event questionnaire)A feedback questionnaire was provided to all the partic...
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Disability in many parts of the world is felt as a taboo, people with disabilities are often segregated and not provided oppurtunites to share an equal space in the same environmental,in which he is born the same way as others, who make them feel segregated. "Fun Games' Dehradun was an event which was organised for the first time in India as an inclusive sports event to promote awareness and inclusion of persons with disability. This was part of the Special Olympics "Eunice Kennedy Shriver Fellowship"-2008. It was part of my learning experience at Duke Fuqua MBA games, where the students of Duke University(USA), organised the fund raising inclusive event, with atheletes of Special Olympics North Carolina and students of various B Schools in USA and Canada. I tried to replicate the same event in India. I am a Physiotherapist and I used to work with the "Latika Roy Foundation", Dehradun, which works as a resource center in disability in Uttarakhand(The northern hilly regions in India ). Presently I am a student of Masters in Public Health at SRM University, Chennai. Comments and suggestions on the topic is welcome and I would like to discuss more about other inclusive ways to promote inclusion. I can be reached at physionalin1@indiatimes.com

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  1. 1. 2008Eunice Kennedy ShriverFellow, IndiaNalin Kumar [“FUN GAMES- 2008” , DEHRADUN] “An endeavor to promote awareness and Inclusion of our athletes with Intellectual Disability.”
  2. 2. Fun Games DehradunABSTRACT:As part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Fellowship, offered by the Special Olympics International, thisproject is done as the fulfillment of the EKS Fellowship Project1. The time requirement for the Projectis 250 hours in 6 months timeframe. This project is based on one of my rich experience, learning atthe Duke MBA Games2 (Inclusive Fund Raising event). A similar model of the project will be carriedout as the Fun Games Dehradun. The aim is to establish Fun Games as a step towards providingAwareness, Inclusion, and Community Resource mobilization.Author: Nalin Kumar, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Fellow, Special Olympics International, 2008PROJECT DESCRIPTIONTo provide equal opportunities, for athletes to integrate in the main stream society, through themedium of sports. The athletes and non athletes will get an opportunity to share the abilities and learnfrom each other.Project ObjectivesThe objectives were:- 1) To create awareness about Special Olympics movement in Dehradun 2) To create an inclusive environment for the Special Olympics Athletes.RationaleThe concept of unified sports came from my recent experience with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver(EKS) Fellowship in USA (3 Months). EKS Fellowship program was created to make leaders in theSpecial Olympics movement. I realized that there was equal participation of persons with IntellectualDisability in the so called main stream society. This inclusion was seen in the schools, sport’s andwork place. There was no discrimination on the basis of disability towards the athletes.As per WHO India there are more than 31 Million children and adults with Intellectual Disability.Special Olympics Bharat3 is the National Program based in Delhi, is accredited by Special OlympicsInternational. This event was conducted in Dehradun the capital of the Uttarakhand. Special OlympicsBharat-Uttarakhand has more than 400 children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities participatingin their program. The population of Uttarakhand according to the Indian Government Census4 2001 is1 http://info.specialolympics.org/Special+Olympics+Public+Website/English/Press_Room/Press_Releases/EKS+Fellowship+Program.htm2 http://mbaa.fuqua.duke.edu/mbagames/ watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjqJ_St2EcQ3 www.specialolympicsbharat.org4 Source: Population Census of India, Office of the Registrar General, India.2001
  3. 3. 8.5 Million. Dehradun has population of 4, 47,808 (2001). The population of athletes with IntellectualDisability/Mental Retardation in Dehradun is more than 13,434 persons.With the declaration of UN Convention on Rights of persons with Disabilities and the ratification bythe Indian Government, there is a lot of focus on accessibility and inclusion. The Government of Indiais putting forth effort through different programs like the National Literacy Mission ( Sarva SikhsaAbhiyan), making public buildings accessible and there is focusing on employment of persons withDisability. Several of these programs lack the equal participation of the Athletes with IntellectualDisabilities. The project will promote the Inclusion of the SO athletes within the mainstream societythrough the medium of sports.MethodologyParticipantsParticipating Teams – 10 different schools in Dehradun. The participating schools were :-1. Welham Boys’ School, 5 Circular road, Dehradun2. Sophia High School, Nashville road, Dehradun3. Ivy Memorial High School, Pream Nagar, Dehradun4. Sri. Guru Ram Rai, vasant vihar , Dehradun5. Ambawati Doon Valley Inter college, panditwari, Dehradun6. Gautam International, Indra nagar, Dehradun7. Gandhi Intermediate College, Dehradun8. C.N.I Girls Inter college, Dehradun9. M.K.P Inter College, Dehradun10. Phool Chand Nari Shilp Mandir, Dehradun Students = 80 Athletes= 50The participating athletes (Children and adults with Intellectual Disability) were from differentspecial schools:- 1. Rapheal, mohini road, Dehradun 2. Golden key Asha School, Birpur, Dehradun 3. Jyoti School, Rishikesh, UttarakhandEach team was composed of 8 school students and attached with them 4 athletes with IntellectualDisability. In this way there would be 10 teams with equal number of 12 participants in each. - Foot ball Skill level- Each team comprised of 12 team members, students from the normal schools had got 1 strike to goal and a special athlete was provided 3 shots to goal. - 400 meters relay- Each team will comprise of 3 students and 1 athlete and they have to compete the 400 meters relay. The placement of the athletes in each team was at the equal position. - Tug of War- Each team consisted of 12 athletes. The shortest timing team was considered as the winner.This event has helped us to increase the community participation and strengthen the SO movement inDehradun.VolunteersVolunteer Training
  4. 4. All participating volunteers, students and organizing team members had undergone the trainingprogram on the Protective Behavior Training5. Information about Special Olympics Bharat, conceptbehind the games was explained to the participants. Job description of the volunteers was explained toall the participants before the games.All volunteers had attended compulsory volunteer training before volunteering at “Fun Games”.Total volunteers= 60 Full day volunteers - Escort athletes- 10 Volunteers - Escort students- 20 - Games conduction- 10 Volunteers - Venue setup- 10 Volunteers - Awards distribution/Meal Distribution - 7 Volunteers - Volunteer registration(help desk)- 3 VolunteersFund raising towards the games conductionDonors from various parts of India and USA had supported this project with their valuablecontribution towards the games. IMS (Management training institute) had supported this event withadvertisement with the banners, backdrop and Invitation cards. Thanks to Ms. Cristie call, a coachwith SO Oregon. She had supported the event by providing the attire for the event. Eventphotography and videos was sponsored by Mama photo studio. Elora Melting moments, Rajpur road,Dehradun had sponsored the meals.Attire for the games • White- Volunteers • Base color- Students • Dark blue- athletes • Red- Medical Volunteers • Yellow- Games Management Team members.5 Special Olympics International: Protective Behavior Training
  5. 5. Volunteers at the “Fun Games”Event Specifics-Over more than 100 spectators and 210 participants (in different roles) had joined us on the event.This event was inaugurated by the chief guest Mr. Ashok Kumar, IPS, Inspector General of Police,Garhwal Range, Uttarakhand. President of Special Olympics Bharat- Uttarakhand: (Retd.) AdmiralVasant Koppiar, Area Director: (Retd.) Col. Rana, Sports Director- (Rtd.) Brig. Acharya, Mr. Malhotrawhere present on the occasion. Chairman and directors of participating Special Schools (Rapheal,Asha School, Jyoti School) and Principals of the participating schools and where also present. Amongsome other distinguished guest was Brig. Sinha from Raphael Ryder Cheshire , officials from Doonschool and officials from other NGO’s from Dehradun.
  6. 6. 4X 100 Meters Relay Football skill levelRecognition to athletes schools, volunteers and SponsorsAll the athletes and students were provided participation certificates and gifts. The schools and thesponsors for the event were provided Momentos for their support towards the successful conductionof the games.
  7. 7. Assessment (Findings from the pre- event, post event questionnaire)A feedback questionnaire was provided to all the participants in the games, both prior to the event andafter the event completion. The results from the pre- event questionnaire filled by the student’s showsthat amongst the 80 students only 4 of the participating students had information about IntellectualDisability as these students were from an Inclusive school. 68 of the students had mentioned that theywould like to participate, volunteer and coach in future Special Olympics event, non of theparticipating students had volunteered in past. A finding also reveals that all these participatingstudents had no information on any Inclusive games.Amongst the 60 volunteers all of them were interested to volunteer in Special Olympics in futureevents. The questionnaire filled by the volunteers from various parts of Dehradun, showed thatamongst the 60 volunteers just 9 of them had exposure to information on Intellectual Disability. 15Volunteers had previously participated for a social cause. 15 of the volunteers had past experience ofInclusive games. The cause behind volunteering as mentioned by most of the volunteers was to gainexposure to Special Olympics and to support the Inclusion of the athletes with Intellectual Disability.The post-event feedback forms showed that “Fun Games” was a successful event. Majority of thesuggestion were that these games need to be conducted at a larger scale, more publicity towards thesegames need to be provided by the medium of Television. Some of the participants in the studysuggested that these games need to be conducted in each school to make it more popular. However itwas also found that their needs to be more planning done towards executing the games. Fun Games had a substantial impact on the quality of life of persons withintellectual disabilities. The project had impacted positively on at four of the QOLdomains (or had an exceptional impact on one of them). The following IASSID consensusquality of life domains was used as a common frame of reference to describe quality of life.Emotional well-being: safety, stable and predictable environments, positive feedback, selfconfidence/feeling of value, absence of physical/sexual abuse or bullying/teasingInterpersonal relations: affiliations, affection, intimacy, sex, friendships, interactionsMaterial well-being: ownership, possessions, employmentPersonal development: education, habilitation, purposive activities, assistive technologyPhysical well-being: health care, mobility, wellness, nutrition,Self-determination: choices, personal control, decisions, personal goals, independenceSocial inclusion: welcoming social networks/support systems, integrated environments,participationRights: privacy, ownership, absence of unfair discrimination, barrier free environments.“Fun Games” satisfies the multiple outcomes could be adopted by the SOB, as a NationalGames, further. Business schools and other educational institutions can now take anindependent initiative towards the games conduction, as it is being conducted by the DukeUniversity students. The University, schools, college can conduct this game now, and all theFinance generated, will go towards the development of the Local SO program.Press Coverage: - All leading English and Hindi newspapers from the state had publishedarticles on “Fun Games”.
  8. 8. The Fun Day (Fun Games- 2008)

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