The Special Olympics Wiki World project was led by Rix Research @ UEL and delivered in partnership with Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia. The project was funded through the European Commission’s Youth in Action Programme and focused on themes of media literacy and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.
The objective of the project was to increase participation of young people with intellectual disabilities in media and communication activities, engaging Special Olympics athletes, coaches and supporters in design and creation of accessible ‘easy-build’ Wiki Websites’ through a programme of wiki building workshops across Europe. Outputs include an online support hub and Wiki World Portal. Find out more about the project and its outcomes on the Special Olympics Wiki World website.
The Special Olympics Wiki 2014 project is a continuation of work started on the Special Olympics Wiki World Project, which took place in 2011/12. RIX Research are again working in partnership with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia. This project will focus on piloting inclusive journalism using RIX Wikis as a multimedia tool for young reporters within the Special Olympics movement.
Three young people have been recruited to form a reporting team, train as Wiki journalists and cover the Antwerp 2014 Summer Games and other Special Olympics events in 2014. The project will combine Wiki training workshops with opportunities for the team to undertake real time Wiki reportage. The reporting team are part of the Athlete Leadership Programme which encourages and supports athletes to develop their leadership skills. Wikis created will be published on the Special Olympics Wiki 2014 project portal.