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Protective Behaviors Training

As its programs around the world have grown, Special Olympics recognized that the mistreatment of people with intellectual disabilities ranges from the horrifying to the subtle.

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If you are a volunteer and wish to undertake the protective behaviors training, please click here.

Essential Training for Volunteers

Any vulnerable person, anywhere in the world, can be abused in ways that leave no marks on the body but terrible scars on the soul.

It is through the caring, concern and talents of all its athletes, families and volunteers that Special Olympics has become one of the most respected sports organizations in the world. Special Olympics requires all volunteers in North America to participate in the Protective Behaviors Training Program. The program's goal is to provide education intended to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse.


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Sport and Tech Team Up for Good

Now, thanks to Microsoft, athletes, coaches and families will have rapid access to useful information about their scores, times, personal bests, fitness and health. Special Olympics can use this capability to dramatically improve the lives of people in our Movement.  read more »

Posted on 2014-10-27 by Janet

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