It was my privilege to represent Special Olympics and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry at the Clinton Global Initiative-University. This was our first exposure to CGI-U and it was inspiring to be present with more than 1000 young people making commitments to make the world a better place.
Our host, Ann Costello of the Golisano Foundation, was fantastic as always and our leaders shared the experience of a lifetime.
We presented at the poster session describing the collaboration of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes with AADMD student chapters. Although health was not a priority at the conference, we were able to meet and network with many wonderful, dedicated students and faculty.
Everyone at CGI-U signed a commitment letter to work for a better future. The AADMD commitment was “A Change in Course: Mobilizing Medical and Dental Students to Enhance Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities.”
About Steve Perlman: Founder and Global Clinical Advisor for Special Olympics Special Smiles.