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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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To me, a world of equality is where we are recognised for our abilities, without having to prescribe to preconceived notions of perfection and where society is brought together by what unites us rather than by what divides us. To me, that is equality.
My vision of a world of equality is when variety is valued, when difference is natural, and the acceptance is obvious.
I have been privileged to grow up with my wonderful Great- Uncle Glenn. He is almost seventy-two years old and has a developmental disability. He did not grow up in a world that understood his capabilities.
Children and adults living with intellectual disabilities around the world face discrimination, isolation, misunderstanding and poverty. There is an urgent need for enhanced collaboration among stakeholders to ensure inclusive development strategies and respect for the basic human rights of all peop