Les adolescents et les étudiants sont les futurs responsables de Special Olympics.
Special Olympics a pour mission de montrer au monde les capacités des personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle.
We have over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Parmi les célébrités qui nous soutiennent, vous pouvez reconnaître le nom d'athlètes olympiens et professionnels, de leaders sociaux, de vedettes du cinéma et des spectacles.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver fut une pionnière dans la lutte pour les droits des personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle.
La direction de notre mouvement provient de leaders issus de gouvernements, du monde des divertissements, des sports et des affaires.
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My friends don't know I'm autistic.
I didn't even know until a few months ago, but I always hated the r-word. It's derogatory, no two ways about it.
The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "In 1968, Mr. O’Brien became one of the first Special Olympians at the inaugural games at Chicago’s Soldier Field. He competed every year until 2014, traveled the world, and won about 750 medals, many of them gold.
My friend Kathy became a teacher for special education and when I one day misused the R word, she schooled me. I have never since then used it, and in turn school others.
Harold William Greene
Before I had my child who was born with Down syndrome, I regularly used the r-word in slang as many people today do. Today, I am more aware of its effect on people with special needs and refuse to use this ignorant speech anymore.
Charles m Adams
My name is Charles. From an early age, I knew I was different. I couldn't keep up in high school. I was always pushed in school but it wasn't until I came to a friend that Ii found out about the Chicago Special Olympics organization and the rest as they say is history.I pledge never to use "Thatword" as long as I live.
I have a son that has cerebral palsy and people where I live the kids ride their bikes past my house yelling the R word and laugh.
Working with individuals with disabilities is an eye opening experience. Hearing people use the r-word really disappoints me. Just because someone has a disability doesn't mean they are incapable.
I am 55 years old and have a sibling with an intellectual disability. His influence on my life and development could not compare to the compilation of all my professors and colleagues.
My grandson Michael has special needs but is so beloved by all who know him and is helpful to everyone he meets. We have fought the R word for years.
Corinne Zollars, Sr. Director - Marketing & Communications, Special Olympics Illinois
We need everybody to say the r-word is not good for everybody. Let's take a stand by putting the r-word out for not just one person but all of us. Let's make everybody be happy. Thank you.
My little sister has Down's and for as long as I remember, i have hated the r-word. I have always told me friends not to use it.
Jean & Jan Finn
Hello my name is Zachary Robert Melau and I am currently an athlete. I compete in Special Olympics. I started 13 years ago.
My Name is Eric Baumann, I have been doing Special Olympics since about 5th grade or 8 years old, and live the skills through Special Olympics.
Joseph George Krivosik
Last year was my first time competing in Unified bocce. I never competed in bocce before and I tried it for my first time and I liked it. When we went to the area meet for Unified bocce, me and another coach named Eugene Luzwick got second place.
When I first became a Falcon, I didn't know what to expect. I was nervous and scared. The team made me feel like family and I made a lot of friends.
My Stepdads Tom Reynolds and Robert Christian was in the 4th Degree and they were at the opening ceremonies when we wre at the ILLINIOS Special OLYMPICS Summer games! It was so much fun!
My parents tell me I've just stopped growing up. So I'm happy I'm like Peter Pan. I keep my happy thoughts and I avoid pirates. Lol.
Kids in my class started using the r-word, and I was young and didn't know what it meant. I said it around my mom, and she told me what it meant.
Alex participated in the 2014 Special Olympic USA games in aquatics. We are so proud of him winning three gold medals.
I had the supreme honor of having the opportunity to chat with Mrs. Shriver years ago when she made a presentation at Holy Family Church in Chicago. There was a reception afterwards and I went up and thanked her for having started Special Olympics.
I have a friend named Sierra. She has Down syndrome. Ever since I met Sierra I started realizing how many people throw around the R-word like it doesn't mean anything.
Mrs. Altrina Shorts
I have a son name Joshua Shorts. Joshua is one of the fantastic members of Speed Racer's basketball and track athlete.
Recently I learned that my son was making fun of students with disabilities at school using the R-Word. He explained that he thought it was okay to say because it was medically correct.
I am so tired of people putting a label on her just because her disorder has a name. She is my sister and I don't care how long it takes, she will be treated the same way I am.
This year I participated in Project Unify and pledged to stop using the R-Word. I am now part of a group at my school that has organized a Respect Month.
My friend (Lets call her Tina) had down syndrome. She was constantly getting messages about how ugly, stupid, retard(ed), dumb, loner. She couldn't stand up to them because she was afraid.
I took the pledge to stop the r-word because she teaches people that are disabled. That is why I want to stop the r-word.
i hate people that use the r-word.
in my family we have a member that need a little more help. she is a smart woman who is just like everyone else. she has been called the r-word many times but that has never meant anything to her. she knows she is a person just like everyone else.
i pledged to end the r word because its not right to call a person that
My brother means the world to me. He's my special little guy. I was out me in tears if anyone called him and other people names.
Our daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome after she was born this February. We love her to the end and want to spread the word to end the r word.
I had a friend that works at a home (a state run facility) for "Challenged" people. I guess all the techs there refer to the residents as the R word all the time.
As a teacher and a cashier I have always been so caring and capassionate. It breaks my heart when I hear a child or a parent use the r-word.
Even in today's more diverse society, the r-word pops up. I make sure to correct the user and say that they do not have any idea how hurtful this can be.
You shouldn't use that word because it might hurt somebody's feelings. They might feel offended and do something.