Inclusive Sewing Camp to Foster Bonding and Support for Siblings
Led by: Mame
Special Olympics Senegal
The following post was written by Mame, a Special Olympics youth leader from Senegal. Mame makes it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they worked to #innovateforinclusion!
After participating in the 2019 Special Olympics Africa Family and Sibling Workshop, I knew I wanted to be part of the movement. My project was inspired by my sibling with an intellectual disability and the purpose of the project was to create a deeper bond and support system between siblings with and without intellectual disabilities through the learning of a new skill.
The project itself took place within a 12 month period where I was able to successfully develop an inclusive sewing curriculum, make the necessary arrangements, actually host the inclusive sewing camp at a local stadium in Dakar, and have additional webinar events surrounding inclusivity.
This inclusive sewing camp provided a space for youth with and without intellectual disabilities to learn a new activity together, bond as siblings, and share in the experience together.
The Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant initiative is supported through partnerships with SNF, Hasbro Inc., the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, Samuel Family Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Lane Global Youth Leadership, PMIEF, and Kantar. Learn more about these inspiring projects at SpecialOlympicsGlobalYouthProjects.org.