Institute for Training & Development - Azerbaijan

ITD has been awarded a grant to conduct a project that will bring fourteen physical education teachers and disability workers from Azerbaijan to Massachusetts in the fall of 2014 to collaborate in learning how to promote and adapt sports for youth with disabilities. Following the stateside program, an American counterpart delegation of six will travel to Azerbaijan.

This International Sports Initiative is funded by SportsUnited, a division of the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. It is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Baku, and by Azerbaijan's National Paralympic Committee.

ITD's Azerbaijani partner organization on this project is Sport for Development, a Baku-based non-profit organization dedicated to establishing disability sports programs.

Azerbaijani and American participants will develop “action plans”, which will result in projects they implement on returning home. These projects will lead to improved access to sports for youth with disabilities, and an increased awareness among the general public of the abilities of those with disabilities.