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Families are the No. 1 fans of our Special Olympics athletes. Read the stories by and about families below, and share your own, if you have one.
Some years ago my youngest daughter (aged 4) was asked "what's the matter with him?" about her brother's best friend
I have never been very fond of the R-word in general especially because I knew people with disabilities.
Martha Jo Braycich
My sister was diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Development Disorder she also has Autism. She has trouble learning, but she always knows to be nice to people. She also has trouble in social situations but knows to be nice to others.
Laura S Buracker
For anyone who feels sad, who doesn't "get" good sportsmanship, who needs something "big" to happen to make them excited...come to a Special Olympics event!
Special Olympics was a partner in the symposium Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness, held in Toronto earlier this month. It was the first global gathering on this topic.
Mrs Viola Musariri
Ms Rajah Diouri SY
I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities.
Alex participated in the 2014 Special Olympic USA games in aquatics. We are so proud of him winning three gold medals.
Mr Felix Chisowa
Mr John Makathimo
Teresa Cruz Lynd
Robert is my younger brother and he was born with Down syndrome. At age 25 he suffered a car accident and was left paralyzed from his waist down. This has been 26 years ago. The world should learn from people like Robert, he doesn't see color, race, age, pretty, skinny, fat he loves all people and is always positive about life and God.
My friend's mom came to my school to talk about the effects of the R-word. Everyone at my school was very inspired and we took this pledge to make the world a better place. I have met man
I raised my niece with a learning disability. When someone around us used that word, I would cringe...but the pain in Karen's face spoke volumes.
My name is Xavier and I am 11. The R word affects me because my sister is disabled. But she is learning and I love her because she is my sister no matter what.