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Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Visits With Leaders and Government Officials About Disability Rights

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Center for Sport, Peace, & Society has partnered with the U.S. Department of State for the Global Sports Mentoring Program and its Empower Women through Sports and Sport for Community programs. On May 18, they visited with 15 ‪#‎S4C2016‬ emerging leaders and met government officials working in the area of ‪#disability rights‬. The class visited the U.S. Department of State to learn about U.S. disability rights efforts and share their hopes for how they will influence inclusion, accessibility, and sports opportunities in their countries.

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“I am a great believer in the power of sports. I’m not only using it to train athletes, but I’m trying to create a mass awareness to the needs of accessibility. I’m using my professional knowledge as an architect to create an inclusive society by changing the infrastructure. Once you can hold a great Paralympic event it educates the nation because they see it.” Deepak KC, deputy secretary general of National Paralympic Committe Nepal NPC U.S. Embassy, Nepal SOS Children’s Villages Nepal Spaulding Rehabilitation Network — with Deepak K.C at U.S. Department of State.
“In Sri Lanka, we had a 30 year war and many children were deprived of social life and sports. I believe sports is the integral component to social integration. I want to share all of my experiences learning in the U.S. and studying its laws and disability acts. ” Priyantha Peiris, disability equality trainer and treasurer of Sri Lanka Paralympic Committee
#S4C2016 emerging leaders hear from influential disability rights policymakers and government representatives Judith Heumann, Maria Town, Ann Cody, and Day Al-Mohamed. SportsUnited – U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs – U.S. Department of State — with Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Priyantha Peiris, Olesya Vladykina, Anderson Gama, Yerlan Suleimenov, Adz Dumapong, Bayron Lopez, Valeria Filiaeva, Deepak K.C and Julio Cesar Rueda at U.S. Department of State.
Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan shakes hands with emerging leader Julio Rueda, a professional wheelchair tennis player and social entrepreneur in Guatemala
Emerging leader Bayron Lopez, president of the National Paralympic Committee of Ecuador, speaks with representatives at the U.S. Department of State Comite Paralimpico Ecuatoriano U.S. Embassy Quito United States Association of Blind Athletes — with Bayron Lopez.
“Because of the war in Ukraine the number of disabled people and children is rising very fast. And I believe the Paralympic movement is the best way to get them back into sports. I will work very hard to achieve this.” Oleksandra Nasadiuk, deputy head of international relations for the National Sports Committee for the Disabled of Ukraine, Paralympic Committee.
Emerging leaders Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Adeline Dumapong, and Valeria Filiaeva at the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday morning U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus Ability360 Lakeshore Foundation Spaulding Rehabilitation Network — with Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Adz Dumapong and Valeria Filiaeva at U.S. Department of State.
The #S4C2016 class at the U.S. Department of State to learn about U.S. disability rights efforts and share their hopes for how they will influence inclusion, accessibility, and sports opportunities in their countries — with Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Priyantha Peiris, Olesya Vladykina and 13 others at U.S. Department of State.

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