Healthy Athletes - Special Olympics Health Initiative
The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program provides comprehensive health examinations free of charge to athletes with intellectual disabilities in seven disciplines by volunteer medical professionals. On December 4th and 5th Special Olympics will host a key conference focusing on the health of people with intellectual disabilities in Graz, Austria. The aim of the conference is to highlight the health status of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) using data collated at Special Olympics Healthy Athletes events. The challenges and needs for adapted medical and preventive care for people with ID will be debated and the medical disciplines of Audiology, Optometry, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Health Promotion will be a focus. Furthermore participants will discuss how national health care systems can learn and benefit from the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative. There will be a panel discussion with contributions from politicians, researchers from the fields of medicine and science, medical professionals and Special Olympics Healthy Athlete staff to put forward practical proposals to ensure the health challenges facing people with intellectual disabilities within our health systems are met. Presentations and discussions will be held in German and English. The conference also provides an opportunity for participants to learn more about the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games taking place in Austria and how to get involved.
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Contact: Bjoern Koehler
Email: [email protected]