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 more than 5.3 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners 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 try to stop everyone around me using these words, but to stop it completely is a much larger battle that needs a lot more people to stand together.
We need to show love, respect and understanding to all people we meet. People who use this hateful word are often small minded.
I never was someone who openly said the r-word in order to shame or insult another human being. But I would occasionally laugh or join in with a joke.
Vicki O'Keefe (Ben's mum)
I live in Great Britain and many years ago the word commonly used for Down syndrome was "spastic" retarded was used as well.
By Maureen Rabbitt
Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International, gave a keynote address to more than 500 school sport professionals at the YST's National Conference.
My little sister was called Libbie. She was in my mum's tummy when we found out something was wrong.
Our son has medical complexities and learning difficulties. He is an amazing, brave, resilient, funny, caring, thoughtful, cheeky, smart little man who seems to touch the lives of so many people and spread smiles wherever he goes.
I am not a saint. I believe I rather lean towards sinner in the biblical sense but I was educated in the broadest term in the UK where - to the best of my belief - using the R word has never been acceptable.
hi all I'm Hannah mum of three beautiful children and I have two disabled boys my eldest has high functioning autism and global development delay and my youngest was born with a rare condition called a laryngeal cleft ( his food and air pipe was joined together) now since finding out my eldest had a
My Nephew has autism. He is 17 years old but has the mental age of a 10 year old boy. He is a big young adult now, being over 6 ft tall but people hear him talk and judge him and have always used the R-word to describe him.
I arrived in Bournemouth (UK) in 2014 and after few months I heard for the first time about Special Olympics. The only way I could get involved it was being a volunteer and I immediately thought it could be a great opportunity.
I was in a bad place when I met Johnny, and he gave me back my faith in humanity, taught me how to love and believe, and hope again. I owe him everything.