The Special Olympics Unified Cup is scheduled to be held in Southeast Michigan Sunday, July 31, through Saturday, August 6, 2022, and Detroit will welcome over 300 athletes from more than 20 nations to compete in football (soccer), the world’s most popular sport. Athletes with and without intellectual disabilities will compete together.
Michigan Vaccination Partners (MVP), in collaboration with the Wayne Health Mobile Unit, will be on hand to offer free vaccinations and health screening services.
With a vision to create healthy communities for all, MVP is comprised of four state-wide organizations — Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University, Autism Alliance of Michigan, Brain Injury Association of Michigan and Disability Rights Michigan — who work together to create an accessible and welcoming vaccination and health clinic experience for all Michiganders, collaborating with trusted community-based organizations and using the latest scientific information to guide initiatives. MVP aims to improve equity and access to vaccines and other health care services for people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
“By having a presence at this event, the MVP vision will be shared with thousands of people — with and without disabilities — from all over the world,” said Dr. Sharon Milberger, MI-DDI Director. “It’s an exciting and important opportunity to highlight the need to expand access to vaccines and other health care services to those who have been most impacted by COVID-19.”
MI-DDI is Michigan’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and home of Michigan’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND). MI-DDI is located at Wayne State University’s Midtown Detroit campus. The Institute’s mission is to contribute to the development of inclusive communities and quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through a culturally sensitive, statewide program of interdisciplinary education, community support and services, and research and dissemination of information.