America Walks Receives Special Olympics Grant

America Walks is proud to announce that the organization has been selected to receive one of the 2019 Inclusive Health Innovation Grant awards from Special Olympics. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these grants are intended to support mainstream organizations to take on inclusive health practices and contribute to the overall effort to reach the tipping point whereby inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in mainstream services and programs becomes the norm, not the exception.

This grant will enable America Walks to develop tools and identify models for including people with intellectual disabilities in community efforts to increase walking, create walkable places, and develop integrated mobility systems designed to put people first. Working with communities and advocates from across the US, the organization will explore existing resources and barriers to mobility independence before convening an expert advisory group to work on creating new tools to improve existing conditions and share best practices.

“We are committed to providing the tools and resources to communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move for all members,” said America Walks Executive Director Kate Kraft. “We are grateful to Special Olympics for providing us with this opportunity to expand our work around inclusive health and mobility independence.”

“Special Olympics is committed to making inclusive health a reality for people with intellectual disabilities. We are confident the efforts by America Walks and resources develops under this project will open doors for people with intellectual disabilities to be healthier and more fit in their communities”, said Nadja Ruzica, Director, Inclusive Health at Special Olympics.

America Walks will launch work on the grant project this spring and release findings, updates, and resources throughout the process.