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July 02, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Medical Professionals in Latin America Support Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

By Guisele Calderón

Nearly 40 medical professionals from five countries in Latin America showed their support for Special Olympics as they gathered in Merida, Mexico to attend a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Train the Trainer event that instructs medical professionals on how to care for people with intellectual disabilities in different health disciplines. After 3 days of training, each medical professional became a certified Special Olympics Clinical Director. As a Clinical Director, they have the approval to host Special Olympics clinics along with other volunteer medical professionals to treat athletes. The event offered training in the following areas: FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Special Smiles (dentistry) and Opening Eyes (optometry). The event was hosted by the regional office of Special Olympics Latin America and was held June 12-14.

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