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Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
We have over 4.7 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
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This is our 3rd year with our Friends Program where 30 General Ed students who spends their lunches with students in our LifeSkills Program!
I have a niece with Down syndrome, and I cringe when I hear the word retarded or lib-tard, or whatever. I also work on vintage automobiles and there are times when tuning the engine that the timing is too far advanced and has to be retarded.
I've been involved in my school's Peer Education program for two years. This year we started frequently going the Special Education classrooms. When the idea was first introduced there was a lot of apprehension about it. I remember this one boy really disliked the idea and he was very vocal about it.