Help us make a difference!

Special Olympics Research

Promoting Health for Persons with Mental Retardation* — A Critical Journey Barely Begun

This report is the result of an analysis that was undertaken to identify and highlight the health status and needs of persons with mental retardation and to suggest approaches that could be implemented, given current knowledge and technology, to improve both the length and quality of their lives over the coming decade.

Length and quality of life are central concerns of numerous high-level policy initiatives in many countries, including the United States. The launch of the Healthy People 2010 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 2000) initiative marks the third decade of a national commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Americans.

Consistent with policies of Special Olympics, the findings, conclusions and recommendations in this report have been shared with a number of Special Olympics athletes.

* Note: In 2004, Special Olympics updated its official terminology from "mental retardation" to "intellectual disabilities" — previously the term mental retardation was used throughout the Special Olympics movement because of its specific meaning in clinical and academic settings. Other terminology — including cognitive delay, intellectual disabilities, intellectual handicaps, learning disability, mental disabilities and mental handicaps — is used around the world.

Votre don compte

Special Olympics change la vie des athlètes par la joie en sport. Aidez-nous faire la différence dans leurs vies.


Faites du bénévolat près de chez vous

Special Olympics change la vie des athlètes par la joie de sport. Aidez-nous faire la différence dans leurs vies.



Aidez-nous à toucher un plus grand nombre d’athlètes

Dons »

Recherchez des évènements locaux et prenez connaissance des opportunités de bénévolat dans l'un de nos 226 bureaux internationaux.


Nos supporteurs

AVSC RecordThe most successful benefit recording in musical history.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

Annenberg FoundationSupports our goals for coaches’ excellence.Learn More »

Nos supporteurs

Bank of AmericaProud partner of Special Olympics.Learn More »

Nos supporteurs

Coca-ColaSpecial Olympics Founding Partner.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

ESPNGlobal Presenting Sponsor of Unified Sports®.Learn More »

Nos supporteurs

EssilorOfficial global supplier of ophthalmic lenses.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

Health One GlobalGlobal health data technology partner.Learn More »

Nos supporteurs

AIPSGlobal Impact Partner for Special Olympics.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

Lions ClubSupports access to quality eye care.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

MattelSupports Special Olympics Youth Programs.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

Procter & GambleCelebrating over 30 years of partnership with Special Olympics. En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

SafewayRaises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.Learn More »

Nos supporteurs

SàfiloSupplies optical frames and sunglasses.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

UNICEFProvides greater inclusion of children with disabilities.En savoir plus »

Nos supporteurs

MTM RecognitionSupplier of awards and medals for our athletes.Learn More »

Nos supporteurs

Perfect Sense DigitalSpecial Olympics' leading digital partner.Learn More »

Nos supporteurs

Y&RPowering our global youth marketing campaign.En savoir plus »

Special Olympics Blog

The Start of the Solution

Young people from around the globe with and without intellectual disabilities are coming together at the SOGenUin Summit as part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games with one goal - to change the world.


read more »

Posted on 2015-07-23 by Natalie

go to blog »


Special Olympics - Become a Fan