SOURCE: Special Olympics New Mexico

Special Olympics New Mexico

May 13, 2016 12:27 ET

NM Technology Council Joins Forces With Special Olympics NM to Host Technology Training for Special Needs Students

ALBUQUERQUE, NM --(Marketwired - May 13, 2016) - On May 6 and 7, Special Olympics New Mexico (SONM) partnered with the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) and FatPipeABQ to host a Technology Training for special needs individuals who participate in Special Olympics. The twelve participants who attended the two-day course at FatPipeABQ learned how to use social media, email, search engines, blogging and the Microsoft Suite as a means to spread the word about SONM and serve as "Technology Ambassadors" for the organization as a part of its Athlete Leadership Program.

"The great thing about the Technology Training is that we were able to invite Special Olympics athletes who have limited verbal communications skills to learn how to serve an ambassador role for SONM" stated Erin Gallegos, Communications Manager for SONM. "That's one of the main goals of our organization -- to allow people with different abilities the same opportunities to succeed and become productive members of the community. The NMTC's involvement helped immensely in upholding the integrity of this training as a legitimate tech event for its participants."

The New Mexico Technology Council and FatPipeABQ provided instructors, volunteers and the facility for the training. This is the first time that SONM and NMTC have partnered but plan to host this Technology Training together on an annual basis.

"NMTC and its members were thrilled to be able to offer the technology training component of the SONM Athlete Leadership Program," Executive Director, Nyika Allen said. "This was a great way for our organization to give back to the community in a way that's unique to our member constituents and their skills -- everyone had a great time and we are excited to do it again next year!"

About Special Olympics New Mexico
SONM provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Today, Special Olympics New Mexico serves over 3,300 athletes, offering training and competition in 12 sports.

Unquestionable Integrity. Unwavering Excellence. Unbelievable Fun. Undeniable Respect. Unlimited Family.
Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities

Special Olympics New Mexico
6600 Palomas NE, Suite 207 Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 856-0342
FAX (505) 856-0346
www.sonm.org 

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