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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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I am a student in year 8 and every day I hear people using the R word. It's often used in everyday sentences in replacement for words that wouldn't hurt someone's feelings.
Last September, I stood for Parliament here in New Zealand for the NZ Labour Party. I am New Zealand's first Autistic Spectrum lawyer, and have two degrees behind me.
I am disabled physically. I have FRIENDS and FAMILY MEMBERS with Intellectual Disabilities. They are just their Christian name, no other words just their given name. Get over it. Treat ALL PEOPLE how you want to be treated. I hope with RESPECT and SUPPORT and LOVE, EVERYBODY is human.
On 26 November 2013, I went to Dunedin for National Summer Games. I really enjoyed competing in athletics plus I won two silver medals, one bronze medal and one ribbon.
Arrived a day before the designated time of the opening of the family greeting centre. Volunteers were still in a process of orientation. But we were provided with friendly , courteous support.