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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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Growing up in the 70's through the 80's was a challenge. I was bullied a lot. I was called stupid and retard among many many other names. it made me cry a lot.
I have a son with Down syndrome. The use of the "r" word can be hurtful especially when coming from a family member.
Shandra Lynn Bell
I have been called the r-word and it isn't fun i have seen my class mates use the r-word to describe something they think is stupid,uncool, or used as a complaint.
We are excited to announce that Special Olympics Project UNIFY has appointed six new members to the National Youth Activation Committee.
Get over yourself huffypost! As long as there are mechanics adjusting timing on internal combustion engines, you'll never get rid of the word "retard". That said, I will beat the tar out of anyone who refers to my nephew using it!
Check out the video Bozeman High School students in Bozeman, Montana put together for our annual Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign.
Two years ago my mom "forced" me to help volunteer at Special Olympics and I told some people and they had made fun of the people using the R word and I found that wrong because I had gotten really close to a lot of the athletes competing in the Olympics. I now really enjoy working there with them and can't wait to work again.
Jason Johnson MT LETR Assistant Director