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Global Leaders Converge for Special Olympics Global Policy Summit
Date:10/4/2007

d, status of and prospects for people with intellectual disabilities; an in-depth analysis of the progress that China has made and plans to strengthen outreach to this population as a World Games legacy; model corporate, NGO and intergovernmental inclusion and collaboration policies and practices that support and engage people with intellectual disabilities; discussion of model laws and policies currently in place and future policy implementation; and, the role of sport in advancing peace, fitness and health for people with intellectual disabilities. The Summit incorporated more than 30 scientific presentations about people with intellectual disabilities from around the world, while furthering opportunities for this community.

"The Global Policy Summit will be one of China's greatest legacies to Special Olympics," said Wang Zhijun, Chairman, Special Olympics China. "We are honored to showcase 25 years of impact and development of essential resources serving China's intellectual disability community in front of an unprecedented gathering of peers and influential global leaders."

Key addresses by high-ranking officials -- Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines, the Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, USA, and the Honorable Margaret Spelling, U.S. Secretary of Education -- focused on empowerment through community development, the power of Special Olympics to change lives and inclusive education, respectively.

"I am here to make a call to action to governments throughout the world, businesses, and NGOs that we really can make a difference for people for intellectual disabilities," said Bianca Jagger, International Human Rights Advocate, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Chair of the World Future Council and friend of Special Olympics. "And we are seeing a real turning point here in China and at these World Games."

The Special Olympics movement was strengthened as UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for
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