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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'm Amy. I was bullied in high school cause I had special needs. The r-word, it hurts.
I worked at the Anne Carlsen Center here in Fargo ND & the people I worked with changed my life in more ways than I can count on all ten fingers & toes. To me they will never be defined by one word.
At my school, I take orchestra and the orchestra teacher told us that if we ever say Retard at school we will have a couple days of detention and be in big trouble.
The R-word rings in my ears as though the filthiest of swear words. This is a simple thing people do and they do not pay any attention to it. I know I did not pay any attention to it a year back.
University of Mary Athletics
Every year, University of Mary student athletes volunteer their time and efforts at the North Dakota Special Olympic State Bowling Tournament in hopes of touching the lives of intellectually impaired athletes.
Melinda Lavine, Grand Forks Herald
Special Olympics North Dakota
I’m your average teenage girl. Like everyone else, I say whatever comes to mind without thinking what the outcome might be. Never did I realize that some words mean a lot more to others then they do to me. About a year ago I truly learned my lesson; unfortunately, I learned it the hard way.