Azerbaijani delegation will pay a visit to the U.S. within the framework of the "International Sports Programming Initiative: Azerbaijan Disability Sports" project implemented by the Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in the U.S. and Sport for Development (S4D) in Azerbaijan.
The project will bring thirteen Azerbaijani professionals and one escort to the U.S. for three weeks on a fully-funded trip, from September 27 to October 17, 2014, according to Facebook page of the US Embassy Baku. The theme of the project is sports for children with disabilities.
The report noted that Azerbaijani participants will be actively involved in learning, sports, and social activities with American counterparts and youth with disabilities. Lectures by college faculty will provide participants with U.S. historical and social background related to disability and disability sport and recreation. Discussions with disability and sports professionals will stimulate thought about public and private obligations to address this field, and about the respective value of specialized and inclusive programs. And visits to disability organizations and schools will provide direct contact with youth with disabilities and the programs that serve them.
A U.S. counterpart delegation will travel around Azerbaijan for two weeks, engaging in activities comparable to the stateside program. The Americans will also support Azerbaijani alumni/ae in implementing their action plan projects.
There are two categories of Azerbaijani professionals who may apply to participate in this project:Public school physical education teachers, and disability workers from private and public organizations.
Physical education teachers who apply need have no prior experience with disabled children, and disability workers need have no prior experience with sports. Azerbaijani translators will be present, so no knowledge of English is necessary. And those with disabilities are welcome to apply. Their needs will be accommodated in the U.S.
This project is funded by the U.S. Department of State.