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

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Lions Clubs International Foundation announced official "Commitments to Action" and encouraged other attendees to follow their lead. And earlier this week, FIFA pledged its commitment to Special Olympics. A UNICEF-Special Olympics partnership will promote the participation and empowerment of children with intellectual disabilities and their families through sports, initially in Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama and Uzbekistan, and will seek to build self-reliance, confidence and advocacy skills through joint activities that are already promoting the inclusion of children and young people with intellectual disabilities, in addition to increasing youth activation and early intervention efforts. CDC and the Lions Clubs International Foundation announced continued support for Special Olympics and its health and research efforts with funding commitments. CDC recently renewed a five-year cooperative agreement with Special Olympics for services and education at US$4.34 million per year plus a five-year US$1 million per year research cooperative agreement. The Lions Clubs International Foundation extended its seven-year, US$9.1 million commitment to the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes(R) program, a vision program that has effectively provided more than 100,000 vision screenings to Special Olympics athletes and has provided more than 40,000 Special Olympics athletes with prescription eyeglasses, by earmarking an additional US$1 million in funding.

The Global Policy Summit culminated with leaders from government, NGOs, academic, corporations and sport, including Special Olympics sponsors such as Coca Cola, Bank of America and Phoenix Satellite TV, endorsing a Statement of Support targeting improving the treatment of, and attitudes toward, people with intellectual disabilities.

The full text of the Statement of Support, available in English and Chinese, official Global Policy Su
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