As shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter
The Special Olympics USA Games are coming to Seattle/King County in 2018! Thousands of athletes and their families will travel to the Pacific Northwest to compete in the games.
Businesses and governments across King County are actively preparing for those visitors. More than 300 people attended the Welcome Inclusion (WIN) Symposium hosted by Microsoft at their Redmond Campus on June 27, 2017. Sponsored by the Arc of King County, WIN is a public awareness campaign to promote a community of inclusion for children and adults with intellectual, behavioral and social differences. It is a grassroots movement to dispel misunderstanding and promote the benefits of including people of all abilities in daily relationships, workforces and civic activities. Businesses can receive special designation and decals as WIN-friendly locations.
The symposium is one of several events taking place in 2017 in advance of the 2018 games. King Executive Dow Constantine, as the keynote speaker, talked about King County’s Equity and Social Justice Initiative and the County’s core value of ensuring that our region provides opportunities for people of all ages and all abilities to achieve their full potential and be involved in and contribute to their community.
The campaign will continue now through next spring. The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics USA Games will take place at Husky Stadium on July 1, 2018.
To learn more about what DCHS is doing in our community, read the most recent issue of the Touching Base Newsletter (on SharePoint).