Innovators of the Week: Gouedij and Danielle

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

The following post was written by Gouedij and Danielle, two Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Cote d'Iovire. The pair make it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!

As part of our Innovation Grant, we set up our project called "Acceptance Single Special Olympics". In this project we created a song called “Accept Me As I Am”. It was made by a group of young singers with and without intellectual disabilities with the indispensable help of some music professionals. We did this because we wanted to integrate and promote the acceptance and integration of students with intellectual disabilities into the community. Then our video was screened in a theater where students with and without disabilities gathered for the occasion. It was an opportunity to give youth with intellectual disabilities the chance to express themselves by externalizing their potential talents.

I love singing and dancing. I enjoyed myself while sending out message of acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. I want to now perform the song during a concert and play along with my favorite artist - DJ Kerozen. He visited us during our rehearsal and promised to support us and I look forward to seeing this happen.

The 2018–2019 Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant initiative is supported through partnerships with Hasbro, Inc., The Samuel Family Foundation, the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Kantar Group, the Microsoft Corporation, Lane Global Youth Leadership, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Learn more about these inspiring projects at

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