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Disability, Diversity & Inclusion

USA Down Syndrome Swimming

In 2002, the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSISO) was created to provide swimmers with Down Syndrome the opportunity to compete at world class level. Swimmers with Down Syndrome from around the world qualify for DSISO regional and world championships by obtaining strict qualifying times, on their own merit, to compete.

USA swimmers have attended almost all of the DSISO Championships with solid representation from a few ground breaking swimmers. In July 2018, thirteen swimmers from the USA competed at the 9th World Down Syndrome Swim Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada. They came together as a team and earned Team USA’s best finish ever of 9th in the World!

At the championship it was clear that the other teams in the top 10 had strong organizations that provided substantial social and financial support. Team USA supporters collaborated to create a formal and legal organization to support swimmers with Down Syndrome in the USA. USA Down Syndrome Swimming, Inc. (USADSS) was formed to benefit individuals with Down Syndrome to promote participation, representing the USA, in competitive swimming at the national and international level. USADSS is committed to working in accordance with the standards, rules and policies prescribed by the United States Swimming Inc (USA Swimming) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA); and it supports the efforts of the Down Syndrome International Swim Organization (DSISO) and the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS).


2018 Disability Swimming Workshop 

USA Swimming Disability Committee and the United States Paralympic Swimming will be partnering in presenting the 2018 Disability Swimming Workshop in Colorado Springs on the United States Olympic Training Center Campus and pool.

 
All participants MUST be a current member of USA Swimming.

Dates: Feb. 2-3, 2018 for the clinic and check into your room on the 2nd.
Feb. 4 , 2018 check out of the rooms early morning.

Registration:  Must be online and the Deadline for Registration is January 19th. – NO cost other than your transportation to Colorado Springs.

To register click here.
More information HERE.
 

USA Swimming Disability Committee Mission Statement
 
USA Swimming encourages people with disabilities to participate in the sport of swimming and facilitates their inclusion in USA Swimming programs through education and collaboration.
 
We seek to involve people with disabilities in existing competitions and programs for all swimmers, rather than provide unique disability-only opportunities. Swimmers who prefer disability-only programs should consult the links menu in the “Get Involved” section below. Click here to view the latest disability swimming resources including videos and articles.
 
This site is updated regularly with dates for competitions, as well as coaches clinics for athletes with impairments. 
 
If you have any questions you may contact Char Sorensen Disability Chair for CSI and the Regional Officials Chair for the Western Zone US-Paralympics. 
 
CONTACT US
Randy Julian, USA Swimming Staff Liaison for the Disability Swimming Committee
Mark Rieniets,  Committee Chair
* Your LSC Disability Swimming Chairperson is another available resource.
 
DIVERSITY & Inclusion MISSION STATEMENT
USA Swimming is committed to a culture of inclusion and opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, age, income, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression and sexual orientation.
 
Diversity Spotlight
 
LGBTQ Cultural Inclusion Resource Guide Released
USA Swimming has released the organization’s first-ever Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LGBTQ) Cultural Inclusion Resource Guide. This resource guide will help coaches, parents and clubs provide a safe and inclusive environment for all athletes. The guide was created to provide resources and tolls so that members may enjoy a safe and inclusive environment.  
The LGBTQ guide is the third in a series of ‘Cultural Inclusion’ guides - an African-American and Hispanic/Latino guide in both English and Spanish were released earlier this year; a guide for Asian-American and Native American communities will be released in coming months. For more information about the guides please contact Mariejo Truex, USA Swimming Director of Programs and Services at mtruex@usaswimming.org.  

Click on the learn more link below to view the LGBTQ Cultural Inclusion Resource Guide.
 
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST & GET INVOLVED
 
Click here to join our mailing list where you will receive our Quarterly Newsletters and other important information  about USA Swimming's Diversity & Inclusion programming, initiatives, and partnerships. 
 
Are you interested in being more involved with USA Swimming's Diversity & Inclusion efforts? Click here to complete a survey to help us determine what areas we can utilize your strengths.