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Special Olympics Maryland chooses inclusion, welcoming individuals of every ability, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and experience. Led by athletes, we will be brave in creating interactive inclusive communities of dignity and respect for all.

Created by Special Olympics Maryland DEI Task Force

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Special Olympics Maryland elige la inclusión, dando la bienvenida a personas de todas las capacidades, raza, identidad de género, orientación sexual, religión, etnia y experiencia. Liderados por atletas, seremos valientes en la creación de comunidades inclusivas interactivas de dignidad y respeto para todos.

Creado por el grupo de trabajo DEI de Olimpiadas Especiales de Maryland

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Listen to the voices of SOMD athlete leaders Annu Singleton, Monique Matthews, and David Godoy reading our DEI statement.

In 2020, Special Olympics Maryland formed its first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force. Our task force consists of 12 staff members, 2 board members, 1 volunteer, and most importantly 3 Special Olympics Maryland athlete leaders. We meet once a month to discuss social justice-related topics and how our organization can play a role in educating our team and our community. Inclusion is the core of Special Olympics and we invite you to join in the conversation and continue learning with us.

DEI Resources

Within our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources section you will find educational material, engagement activities, and much more. We will continue to update this section throughout the year.

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Bodhi Day

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Native American Heritage Month

We are celebrating Native American Indian Heritage Month all of November in...

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

We love to spread awareness for our friends with Down Syndrome (DS)...

Hispanic Heritage Month

We are celebrating our Hispanic and Latino athletes all month long in...

Disability Independence Day

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed...

At Special Olympics Maryland, we know the importance of teamwork and that together we are better. If you have a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-related resource that would think would make a good addition to our Resource library, send our way using the contact form below.

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