The American University in Dubai and the School of Education were delighted to host an educational workshop for the UAESO (UAE Special Olympics) Unified National Team in preparation for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.
The events were attended by Dr. David A. Schmidt, President of the University, Dr. Sabrina Joseph, President of the Academic Body, Talal Al Hashemi, Member of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Special Olympics, Nora Al Jasmi, President of the UAE Badminton Federation, Ahmed Salem, Member of the Dubai Sports Council, Director of the Sports Development Sector, and Ahmed Suleiman, CEO of Jam Sports Academy.
Dr. Nadera Alborno, Associate Professor of Education, demystified the true meaning of inclusion in sports where everyone, including individuals with intellectual disabilities, have continuous opportunities throughout the year to develop physical fitness and experience the joy of making friendships. She focused on transforming mindsets by paying attention to our use of language in reference to disability. Her simple and profound message was that “words matter.”
To show the inclusive ethos of both organizations, the day concluded with a friendly game between the UAESO and AUD basketball teams.