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Special Olympics Health programs are initiatives bringing quality health exams and year-round plans to people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Read these stories of inspiration, hope and health.
The Golisano Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Thursday October 15th with a presentation of the first Move to Include awards.
By Megan O'Donnell
By Christy White
Special Olympics has made a game-changing announcement: The Golisano Foundation will provide $25 million to expand Special Olympics’ health services globally.
Global partner Catholic Relief Services has recently awarded Special Olympics Kenya a grant to support early childhood development for children with intellectual disabilities. The grant will afford Community Health Workers a chance to be trained on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.
Donna Bainbridge, Vicki Tilley and Shantae Polk
It is difficult to put into words a person’s significance, especially one as remarkable as Jim - colleague, friend, and team member of Special Olympics FUNfitness and Healthy Athletes.
Jim dedicated his professional life to improving the care and understanding of people with intellectual disabilities.
Experts in disability and global health and development gathered last week at UNICEF headquarters in New York City to put their experience and insights to work in driving a global agenda for creating a world of inclusive health for everyone – including people with disabilities.
Mrs Igna Steyn
Lauren Wyndham Quin
Mr Seth Asamaoh
Butch & Krista Bouchard
Drew Boshell, Special Olympics Senior Director of Global Community Health Programs, is among presenters at the 3rd Annual World Down Syndrome Day Conference at the United Nations on Friday, March 21. The theme of this year's conference is particularly close to Special Olympics' heart: "Health and Well-being - Access and Equality for All."