comments made by Cllr Collin Brewer displayed an ignorance on an unimaginable
scale and his refusal to step down at an earlier date has compounded the
distress he has caused,' stated Mary Davis, Regional President Special
Olympics Europe Eurasia.
Special Olympics is the world's largest
organisation dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual
disabilities through sport while changing attitudes and providing healthcare
for more than four million athletes in 175 countries.
comments by Cllr Brewer are indicative of a mind-set that has no place in a
civilised and inclusive society. It is truly frightening that any person
should hold such an attitude and it makes it even more sickening that it is
a public representative. The bedrock of public service requires Cllr Brewer
- as an elected politician - to represent all members of our society equally.
He degraded, insulted and failed not just the many people in his own
constituency living with a disability and their families but hundreds of
millions of people with disabilities and their families across the world.
His job as a public representative should have been over when he made those
comments however I welcome his belated resignation statement today,'
concluded Mary Davis, Regional President, Special Olympics Europe
About Special Olympics
Olympics is an international organisation that changes lives through the
power of sport by empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting
acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect
worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics
movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to 4 million athletes in 170
countries worldwide, providing year-round sports training, athletic
competition and related programmes. Special Olympics takes place daily,
changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the
world. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities the
opportunity to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate
courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with
us on: Twitter@specialolympics;
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For 35 years,
Special Olympics Great Britain has brought every day,
grassroots sports training and competition to the lives of children and adults
with intellectual disabilities offering life-changing ways to improve their
quality of life, travel, make friends and compete. Over 2,800 volunteers help
to transform the lives of our athletes, bringing the thrill of competing in 26
sports to 8000 athletes in 150 clubs across England, Scotland and Wales.
Proud parents watch as their children compete and win medals or ribbons at
local, regional and national competitions with many continuing on to
represent the country at Special Olympics international and World Games. In
Great Britain there are an estimated 1.2 million people with intellectual
disabilities and an additional 200 babies will be born this week. They will
face discrimination all their life. Taking part in regular sports activities
gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to get fit and gives
them a sense of belonging and inclusion. Visit www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/
for more information on Special Olympics Great Britain.