Un festival de théâtre roubaisien reçoit des troupes de comédiens ayant une déficience intellectuelle

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L’Oiseau-Mouche bouge les lignes et les frontières

«  Trois jours pour briser les frontières culturelles et artistiques.  » C’est le défi que se lance l’Oiseau-Mouche, du 24 au 26 janvier, avec le festival Crossing the line. Invitant deux autres troupes internationales qui montent également des spectacles avec des comédiens en situation de handicap mental, la compagnie roubaisienne investit et anime divers lieux de la ville avec des spectacles vivants, des ateliers décalés, des temps de rencontre…

Elle profite de l’occasion pour jouer sa dernière création qui mêle théâtre et danse, Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse, dans son théâtre, mercredi et jeudi soir. Aux Archives nationales du monde du travail, c’est un spectacle déambulatoire, Aujourd’hui en m’habillant, qui est remonté jeudi.

Venus de Bradford, en Angleterre, les comédiens de Mind the Gap s’installent mardi et jeudi à la Condition publique. Dans Contained, spectacle adapté pour le public français, ils entremêlent neuf histoires et différentes pratiques, théâtre, vidéo, photographie, musique, danse. Les Suédois de Moomsteatern viennent avec deux pièces : A Dream Play, qu’ils jouent au théâtre Pierre-de-Roubaix mardi, et Fix you, le lendemain à l’Oiseau-Mouche.

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Bocce ball is now part of the Special Olympics Unified Sports Initiative

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Lincoln High incorporating Unified Sports in effort to be athletically inclusive

By Christina Sheleheda  January 23, 2017

Bocce

Student Basit Jaffry, center, reacts as he rolls his ball close the pallina, or the tiny blue ball. Lincoln High School students held a practice for the Lawrence/Mercer/Butler County Interscholastic Unified Indoor Bocce League Thursday in the Hartman Elementary School gym. Lucy Schaly/Calkins Media

 

Lincoln High School student Darren Pigza reacts as his team wins during a practice for the Lawrence/Mercer/Butler County Interscholastic Unified Indoor Bocce League Thursday in the Hartman Elementary School gym.  Lucy Schaly/Calkins Media

ELLWOOD CITY — What do you get when you pair a bunch of high schoolers who want to have fun with a sport that used to be associated with the older crowd at family picnics and parties?

Bocce ball is now part of the Special Olympics Unified Sports Initiative, and it is catching on throughout Beaver and Lawrence county high schools. The newest addition to the growing list is Lincoln Junior-Senior High School in Ellwood City. Special Olympic Unified Sports is an inclusive program that pairs individuals that have intellectual disabilities with individuals that do not have intellectual disabilities for a variety of sports, encouraging strong relationships and equal opportunity for all.

Mandie Szakelyhidi, life skills support teacher at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School, is one of two coaches working to launch this program in the district.

“We were contacted by the district and had to attend training at Slippery Rock University. I looked at the special needs students I had, talked with John (DiBuono), and took two students to the youth summit at the university,” Szakelyhidi said.

Working with health and physical education teacher DiBuono, Szakelyhidi was worried that they wouldn’t have enough students for a team, a worry that quickly diminished.

“I was worried about getting enough kids to want to participate,” Szakelyhidi said. “They have to be 15 years-old or in the 10th grade. I had enough. I had so many that we were able to form two teams.”

DiBuono had a similar response among his students, most of whom are categorized as typical, with no intellectual disability.

“I presented this idea to my classes — I thought it would be a great opportunity for the students who might want to teach special education students one day,” DiBuono said.

Szakelyhidi and DiBuono both attended training at Slippery Rock University, who has had a close relationship with the Special Olympics since the 1980’s. The university launched its version of the Unified Sports Program in 2015 through bocce ball, initially working with four high schools in the area.

In 2016, the program spread to eight high schools in the surrounding counties, with over 100 students — 50 of which have intellectual disabilities — and continues to grow. Special Olympics Pennsylvania named Slippery Rock University a Unified Sports Center of Excellence in 2016, and hopes that other universities in the area will model after them.

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