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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 4.5 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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I am 51 years old and the youngest of 4. My oldest sister had severe learning disabilities and I listened as kids called her the R word. I hated it.
While shopping with one of my friends, some teenagers were calling each other the r-word; not being aware of my friends handicap. She thought they were talking about her and she began to cry softly to herself.
When I found out today was the official day of the End the R-Word campaign I knew I had to write something for Bret.
I admit that very recently the word Retarded came out of my mouth to describe something. It is difficult to change the way I speak when for so long I used that word so flippantly.
I have been privileged to grow up with my wonderful Great- Uncle Glenn. He is almost seventy-two years old and has a developmental disability. He did not grow up in a world that understood his capabilities.