The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and the Special Olympics of D.C. are pleased to announce the launch of a collegiate chapter at American University. The chapter – AU Special Olympics (AUSO) – was officially recognized in early December 2018.
Through the transformative power of sports, AUSO’s goal is to connect AU students and the AU community at large with individuals with intellectual disabilities. AUSO will host events and programs at AU and participate in Special Olympics D.C.’s larger events.
“The Special Olympics has changed the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities for many years,” said Emilie Turner, an IDPP Research Associate and founding member of AUSO. “We’re excited to get AU involved in the wonderful work being done by the Special Olympics.”
The Chapter’s largest event of the year will be the Cool Schools Plunge at the Catholic University of America’s Athletic Center on Friday, February 15, 2019. The event will invite D.C. college chapters to jump in freezing cold pools to raise awareness and fundraise for the over 1,600 athletes of the Special Olympics of D.C.
The founding of the chapter builds upon IDPP’s partnership with Special Olympics International (SOI) and the Special Olympics of D.C. IDPP is currently collaborating with SOI to conduct research that will guide and support Special Olympics programs worldwide.
All members of the AU community, including undergraduates, graduates, and alumni are welcome to join AUSO.