Looking for ways to help students of ALL abilities within your school experience inclusion? Use this timeline and the offered resources to plan upcoming Unified programming and celebrations. This semester offers plenty of chances to educate, inspire, and INCLUDE! To request support from the Unified Champion Schools teams, email with any questions.


Spread the Word >> Inclusion

is the time to Spread the Word!

This toolkit is a brief, one-stop-shop for anyone celebrating the benefits of an inclusive learning environment. Whether you’re a student, parent, teacher, administrator, or any other champion of inclusion -- read on!

Questions? Want to know more? Contact us: or (410) 242-1515, ext. 142.

In 2019, Spread the Word to End the Word became Spread the Word, with a focus not just on the elimination of a word but on the creation of a new reality: inclusion for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The global engagement campaign remains committed to empowering grassroots leaders to change their communities, schools, and workplaces, now through a call to their peers to take action for inclusion. With this change, Spread the Word will give community leaders around the world the tools needed to create socially inclusive places to learn, work, and live.

Make a Pledge!

We have become more aware of the importance of social connection for overall well-being. Our communities have taken action for inclusion and encourage everyone to celebrate champions of change in their schools, workplaces, and communities.

I’d like to be added to the following Special Olympics Maryland communications:
I give permission to Special Olympics Maryland to use and allow others to use the picture, video, name, voice, and words outlined here for the purpose of promoting Special Olympics Maryland programming." *

MOVE Challenge


For 4 weeks, Special Olympics Maryland and other schools throughout the state are to compete in the Special Olympics Maryland Unified MOVE Challenge!

WHAT: A 4-week challenge encouraging faculty and students of all abilities to track minutes of exercise and intentional physical activity. By participating, students will compete against other teams from different schools throughout the state of Maryland.

WHEN: The Maryland MOVE Challenge will run from Monday, May 2nd - Tuesday, May 31st, 2022. Registration opens April 4th and close April 29th.

Schools are invited to participate in the SOMD Maryland Move Challenge, a 4-week movement challenge that measures minutes of exercise and intentional physical activity. Using a state-wide leaderboard, students can track their progress against other teams throughout schools in Maryland! Participants have the opportunity to earn great incentives for them and their schools!  Use the above activities to get your classroom or school engaged.If you have any questions please check out the School Staff Resource Guide please reach out to Kayla Shields at

Opportunities Archive

Materials for annual campaigns to help you plan ahead!