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July 24, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Tim Shriver’s “All Voices Heard” Article Featured in Global Health and Diplomacy

By Lynn Erickson

Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, addresses the need to include people with intellectual disabilities in development goals in an article just released by The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy. Dr. Shriver shares in this article: “When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted in 2000, they did not explicitly address disability, but we know that the scourges of disease, poverty, inequality, and discrimination impact people with disabilities at alarming and disproportionate rates. Numbering more than 200 million globally, people with intellectual disabilities are the largest disability group in the world. To tackle the problem of extreme poverty without taking into account this population is to disregard their rights and limit the chance of successfully fighting disease, poverty, intolerance, and injustice. If MDG targets are to be met, our efforts must focus on those who need them met the most - people with intellectual disabilities.”

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