Capitol Hill Day
Written by Madison Mangum
Director of Communications, Special Olympics Maryland
Capitol Hill Day was a new experience for everyone at Special Olympics Maryland, as it was done through Zoom instead of on top of the notorious hill. Our staff members, athlete representatives, Unified School members, and local government officials still had an incredible time, sharing virtually.
Our athletes and Unified School members did an incredible job sharing the impact that this program has had on them and their school. Students and teachers from Thomas Johnson High School shared their experience of Unified Schools and students creating an inclusive and positive environment in which no one is limited by a disability.
Special Olympics Maryland had 8 Athlete Leader Representatives for the various meetings over the two days, each athlete leader either shared their high school experiences or “gave the ask” to government officials. Every athlete provided a different perspective of how Unified Schools have been impactful for those with intellectual disabilities.
The Unified approach has only created positive change and impacted various student’s high school experiences for the better. Check out the testimonials below to see quotes and pictures of our incredible Unified School representatives, Athlete Leaders, staff, and local government from the 2021 Virtual Capitol Hill Day!
I want to be treated like Brandon when I go to the doctor, not my intellectual disability.
Brandon Mclarin | Athlete Leader, Carroll County