2023 Pennsylvania Department of Education (In-Person) Conference

40. Using Unified Sports and Inclusive Youth Leadership to Invigorate Inclusive School Communities

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Session Dates

Thursday March 02, 2023 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center


What happens when students with and without disabilities come together as teammates on their school's Unified Sports team or as members of an inclusive youth leadership club? They create a culture where everyone is respected and valued, attitudes change for the better, students are empowered, and the school community is uplifted. Please join us to learn more about how Special Olympics Pennsylvania's Unified Champion Schools (UCS) program is helping to create positive change in more than 360 schools throughout the state and how you can become part of the Inclusion Revolution as a new UCS school! You will hear from teachers and students who will share their experiences. We also will share compelling research data that shows the positive impact on students with and without disabilities. This session will provide you with exciting ways your school can promote the values of inclusion, respect, and understanding, which are so needed.

Target Audience

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered: Special Education Law

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Debra Jordan at (610) 878-7224 or djordan@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Michael Bovino

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Barbara Gilligan
(800) 441-3215 ext. 7247

Additional Info

By registering for the PDE Conference, you authorize PDE/BSE/PaTTAN to record and edit into the program and related materials your name, likeness, image, voice and participation in and performance on film, tape or otherwise for use in the above program or parts thereof. You agree that the Program may be edited and otherwise altered at the sole discretion of the producer and used in whole or in part for any and all broadcasting, non-broadcasting, audio/visual, and/or exhibition purposes in any manner or media, in perpetuity.

Inclement Weather: The conference will take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions.