IM this article to a friend!

November 29, 2004

News Advisory: Pact brings together two disabled sports organizations

From: Gallaudet - Nov 29, 2004

For more information, contact:
Darrick Nicholas
Media Relations Coordinator, Gallaudet University
PH: 202.448.7136

Pact brings together two disabled sports organizations

Signing at Gallaudet marks partnership between DEAFLYMPICS, International Paralympic Committee

EVENT: Document signing
DATE: Tuesday, November 30, 2004
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: College Hall Lyceum
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002

NOTE: (WASHINGTON) Officials from the DEAFLYMPICS and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will visit Gallaudet's campus this week to sign a monumental document. The two sides have agreed to collaborate on various issues affecting the landscape of Olympic competition. The ceremony, taking place at 10 a.m., Nov. 30 in the College Hall Lyceum, marks the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

DEAFLYMPICS oversees of the Deaflympic Summer and Winter Games and the Deaf World Championships, while the IPC governs the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and the multi-disability World Championships.

Thanks to this pact, deaf athletes with additional disabilities will be able to participate in various IPC events. Conversely, multi-disabled Paralympic athletes with at least 55 dB hearing loss in the better ear will be able to compete in the Deaflympic Games and the Deaf World Championships.


About Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.