Medical and dental school students
representing Special Olympics and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine
and Dentistry (AADMD) made a formal commitment at the sixth annual meeting of
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U) April 6. These future leaders
pledged to push to have the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities
included in university curricula, to end the use of the term mentally retarded
in health settings, and to facilitate student volunteerism for the Special
Olympics Healthy Athletes program to bring health services and education to
Special Olympics athletes.
The impact of this commitment will be enhanced access
to and quality of care for people with intellectual disabilities. By
implementing student chapter programs across the country, these students are
helping to solve the healthcare problem for people with intellectual
disabilities at one of its starting points - the education of medical
"We're energized to be a part of CGI-U and dedicated to implementing student chapters across the country in the coming years. We look forward to continuing to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities at the grassroots level,” said Jara Johnson, an AADMD student leaders from the University of Rochester.