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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 4.7 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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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.
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are hosting a special reception on 8th September at Downing Street to celebrate Special Olympics Great Britain and their athletes heading to Belgium to represent the country at the 2014 European Summer Games.
I worked at Special Olympics in Scotstoun Glasgow in 2005.. It has left a lasting impression on my life and changed me for the better.
I took part in Special Olympics in Sheffield, Norway and Portsmouth.
I used to go to a day centre where I learned to swim, then I helped teach another person to swim.
When people in my class say this word it's shocking and although they know about my brother they still say it because they don't understand what it means. Education is key.
Society doesn't realize that when you use the r-word you are disabling yourself from seeing the whole person you're hurting.