February 7, 2023

Goals For Final Year of My SSIGM Term

2023 marks the closing stretch of my Sargent Shriver Intercontinental World wide Messenger (SSIGM) time period. This is the time for me to reflect on the information that I hope to get throughout to you, our viewers, and the Special Olympics community. I have 4 significant ambitions for this year that I hope to execute, with the love and help of my mentors and team from Particular Olympics and my relatives and buddies.

Three Special Olympics athletes pose for a photo.

Functioning along with my fellow Exclusive Olympics North The usa SSIGMs Renee (still left) and Hanna (front) has been so considerably entertaining!

My to start with objective of writing a e-book is basically one of my longtime dreams. My love of composing first commenced when I was in elementary college. In the course of 5th quality, my trainer released our class to poetry and writing. Then all through my junior large college decades, I commenced authoring limited stories. For the duration of my junior yr of superior college, our English class was introduced to the world of running a blog. And a ten years in the past, when I began my university experiments in journalism, my really like for newspaper creating and nonfiction tales blossomed. Then, for numerous many years write-up-higher education, I was a freelance award-successful columnist at a small newspaper. These earlier 4 many years of composing this bi-regular SSIGM site, I have been determined to make my aspiration of creating a guide a reality. These two ebook thoughts are in no particular get of worth in finding revealed.

The first e book plan is to end authoring a e-book about Distinctive Chronicles, the groundbreaking, global podcast platform that I founded 15 yrs ago. This ebook will target on the stories I’ve had the honor to share over a 10 years on my weekly podcast. This reserve will be the two a assortment and extension of my award-profitable Distinctive VoicesNewspaper Column, Exclusive Chronicles Podcast, and this SSIGM Weblog. It’ll give me an opportunity to chronicle the tales of these of us with intellectual disabilities on a full new system, probably reaching new audiences.

The next book thought is to co-creator a e-book, which came to me when walking to dinner in downtown Chicago. It was following I was at the United Airlines global headquarters attending a Organization Resource Group (BRG) Summit. I was strolling to dinner at the Italian Village restaurant with my staff board associates from our Bridge Incapacity BRG. I was speaking with Captain Jill Mills, a 737 Captain, Verify Airman, and Washington DC Main Pilot with United Airways. Jill is also the President of United’s Bridge BRG. In the course of this October meal, I talked about to Jill my desire of writing a book. Jill then enthusiastically informed me she desired to co-writer a e book with me. About a thirty day period afterwards, Jill despatched me a textual content concept with an outline of chapter thoughts. This e-book will emphasize the relevance of how our modern society can just take inclusion to new heights.

The 2nd intention is essentially a continuation of a thing I have been doing for the earlier yr which is Unified Leadership. I was to start with launched to this software in Oct 2019 all through Particular Olympics International’s world wide start of Unified Leadership at the Athlete Leadership Workshop in Dublin, Ireland. In 2023, I want to go on to co-aid new Unified Management trainings, which are instructional inclusion instruction classes that Specific Olympics offers to workforce at a broad vary of corporations, lots of of which are corporate associates of Distinctive Olympics. Hearbelow to this podcast assortment of Unified Management trainings.

In the course of the final extend of my SSIGM term, I hope to co-facilitate Unified Management training for new corporations throughout the region and globally. My goal is to educate their workers not only about my tale but also about the requirement to have absolutely inclusive work for these of us with intellectual disabilities.

A group of United Airlines employees pose for a photo.

I am passionate about creating workplaces extra inclusive, many thanks to my working experience at United Airways.

A priority I believe is taking full inclusion to new heights by developing entirely inclusive work options. I know firsthand the worth of this. 3 years in the past, United Airlines, a Global Platinum Lover of Particular Olympics, hired 4 Special Olympics Illinois athletes to be the initial Support Ambassadors, centered at Chicago O’Hare Intercontinental Airport. United therefore took inclusion to new heights in Oct 2019 when it expanded its inclusive workforce.

1 of the messages I hope to supply to corporations is to have them seem at their groups, departments, and places of work throughout their firm to see in which they can use the talents, gifts, and abilities of men and women with mental disabilities. I hope to teach their staff to appear further than simple employment. We make wonderful employees in other techniques too, as net developers, storytellers, speakers, and podcasters. We just have to have schooling like anyone else. We require anyone to see the possible in us.

The 3rd purpose during the final stretch of my SSIGM expression is an ongoing prospect that will involve my purpose on the advisory team of the All You Hear Is Sounds documentary. This film is predicted to be introduced in early 2023. It follows the Special Olympics United states of america athletes who competed at the 2019 Unique Olympics Planet Game titles in Abu Dhabi. The tales of the group members showcase the means and self esteem we athletes obtain from our involvement in the movement.

The fourth and final aim during this final extend of my SSIGM expression is a number of little objectives I have for theBerlin Earth Games. Our upcoming Exclusive Olympics Earth Games Berlin 2023 will be the 2nd international party that our cohort of SSIGMs will attend.

A single of the roles I hope to fill in the course of my time in Berlin is to host a panel dialogue all-around the All You Hear Is Sounds documentary. Throughout this panel, I would hope to host a dialogue on stage with the filmmakers subsequent a screening of their film. The Q&A dialogue with the producers will emphasis on the themes and lessons that viewers can understand from the tales portrayed in their documentary.

A Special Olympics athlete interviews a fellow Special Olympics athlete after a competition.

I hope to provide day by day updates and recaps from the Unique Olympics Globe Games Berlin 2023.

Also throughout the World Video games, just one of my plans is similar to when I co-hosted the Abu Dhabi Day-to-day Present, a movie podcast series manufactured in collaboration with the Special Olympics USA’s communications prepare. In Germany this time, in collaboration with Distinctive Olympics’ world-wide communications strategy, I hope to host the Berlin Together Each day Display (okay this identify is TBD). This authentic audio and online video podcast collection will ideally be showcased on Unique Olympics web-site and simulcasted on my Exclusive Chronicles podcast platform.

At last, in the course of my two months at the Berlin Entire world Video games, I hope to emcee at occasions, to speak at a media reception and at other situations. I hope to connect with our world wide movie star ambassadors, satisfy my fellow Exclusive Olympics athletes from across the globe, and meet up with others from our movement.

For the duration of the 12 months 2023, this closing extend of my SSIGM term, I hope you consider inviting me to discuss to your organization, college, community, or to your Distinctive Olympics Application.

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