Special Olympics Nigeria is committed to breaking barriers and fostering inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our believe is that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a healthy, quality and happy life experience. That is why we advocate for the health and overall well-being of people with intellectual disabilities through our ‘Health Messenger Program’.
The Health Messenger Program is a groundbreaking initiative designed to empower young people with and without intellectual disabilities to become health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates, and role models within their communities. It is a platform for them to raise their voices, share knowledge, and drive change within their communities. Health messengers are leaders who pursue healthy lifestyles and advocate for healthcare providers and governments to adopt inclusive policies around health, wellness services, education, and resources for people with intellectual disabilities.
People with intellectual disabilities often have difficulties in accessing healthcare services and information. By equipping them with the skills and knowledge to advocate for themselves, we create a more inclusive society where everyone’s health matters. Health Messengers are beacons of change, breaking down stigma and paving the way for a healthier and more inclusive future.
Since the launch of the ‘Health Messenger’ program in 2016, nearly 4,000 persons with intellectual disabilities have been trained to be health leaders and advocates.
The Gallagher Coach Developer program is a transformative initiative dedicated to elevating the skills and knowledge of coaches, whether they’re new or experienced, all with the ultimate goal of enhancing the performance of individuals with intellectual disabilities in sports and fitness activities. Through a dynamic combination of in-person and online training methods, this program has made a lasting impact on the sports scene.
One of the truly exceptional facets of this program is its unwavering commitment to inclusivity. By involving both new and established volunteer coaches, it ensures that a diverse spectrum of people is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective mentors. This approach recognizes that exceptional coaches can emerge from various backgrounds, celebrating the diversity within the coaching community.
The program’s success is ultimately measured by the growth and progress of the athletes it serves. Athletes under the guidance of trained coaches have witnessed improvements in their performance, instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment within the Special Olympics Nigeria community.
This program stands as a beacon of hope and progress in the realm of sports coaching. Its dedication to inclusivity, blended training approaches, and, most importantly, athlete development, serve as a testament to its effectiveness. Special Olympics Nigeria has ample reason to rejoice, as this program continues to pave the way for a brighter and more inclusive future in sports and fitness activities.
Who We Are
Special Olympics Nigeria is an affiliate of Special Olympics International, a global non-profit organization created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. We change lives by driving the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities (special needs) into society.
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