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OUR MISSION

The mission of the International Institute of SPORT (IIOS) is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the less economically developed countries worldwide.

WHO WE ARE

We are a non-profit advocating for the disabled in areas of public access, education, integration, job skills, physical rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation and disaster relief. We are educators, artists, administrators and professionals. We are also networkers and are grateful for our partners.

WHAT WE DO

We engage children and adults in art projects geared to developing an understanding of disability.  We help rehabilitate and train disabled athletes for the Paralympics. We help disabled people become employees and business owners. We provide art supplies, medical supplies and mobility devices. We represent disabled artists in the world art market. We advocate for the disabled in business and government affairs to help secure access to jobs and transportation.


Mission Statement


About the International Institute of SPORT

The International Institute of SPORT (IIOS) exists to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the less economically developed countries. The International Institute of SPORT is a 501c3 non-profit organization. IIOS is operated by a staff of volunteers who care about people with disabilities. We receive donations from individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations.

Our strategy consists of five areas of focus: Sport for the Disabled, Physical Well Being, Organization & Management, Research & Development, and Therapeutic Recreation.

Sport for the Disabled

A wide range of sports have been adapted to be played by people with varying types of disability. Organized sports for athletes with disabilities are generally divided into three groups: the deaf, persons with physical disabilities, and persons with intellectual disabilities.  Formal international competitions include the Deaflympics for the  deaf, the Paralympics Games for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, and the World Special Olympics Games for athletes with intellectual disabilities. IIOS equips disabled athletes to train and participate in adapted sports and provides leadership and volunteers for international competitions.

Physical Well Being

People with disabilities have special physical needs that they oftentimes cannot provide for themselves. IIOS identifies the specific physical needs of people with disabilities, such as crutches, food, shelter and medical care, then plans and coordinates the efforts of public and private organizations, communities and individuals to fill those needs. IIOS also promotes healthier lifestyles for the disabled through hygiene and nutrition education. Because people with disabilities are vulnerable to crime and abuse from the general population, IIOS also addresses security concerns through specific preventative measures.

Organization and Management

An old English proverb states, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  While the stigma of being disabled frequently precludes opportunities for education and employment, IIOS realizes the truth of the proverb and strives to create independence and minimize dependence through educational and employment initiatives. These initiatives require IIOS to work with local governmental and educational authorities and business owners, and to establish mentoring relationships between successful disabled business people and those wanting to start their own businesses.

IIOS also advocates for disabled access to public places. For example, we represented the disabled in meetings during the early stages of the rebuilding effort in Haiti.

Natural disasters, war and violence create tremendous problems for all people, but especially for people with disabilities.  IIOS stands alongside the disabled during emergency situations and helps to redirect needed resources to disabled people that otherwise might never reach them.

Research & Development

Goods and services generally available to most communities are often unavailable to disabled people in the less economically developed counties.  IIOS searches for solutions to issues affecting disabled people that are sustainable under local economic and physical conditions. For example, a lack of electrical power in parts of Haiti following the earthquake made communication and lighting unavailable. IIOS was instrumental in providing low-cost solar chargers for cell phones and low-cost solar-powered lights.

IIOS has identified several safety and mobility issues that require new low-cost technological solutions, and we are working with our partners to develop and deploy these solutions to benefit the disabled.

Therapeutic Recreation

Like all of us, people with disabilities have enormous potential to achieve fullness and success in life.  IIOS incorporates various therapies involving  art, music, horticulture and adapted recreation to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a disabled person’s functioning and independence. Many of these therapeutic activities are conducted in a group setting, thereby building community support and participation.  Some therapies may lead to income generation, such art therapy resulting in art sales, or adapted sports therapy resulting in international acclaim through Paralympic Games participation.