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On the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we celebrate the achievements of athletes like Ben Collins who strive to create change.
More than 2,000 athletes from 108 nations will challenge the world to embrace inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
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    Pandora Playlist: Special Olympics Champions Playlist
    Special Olympics and Pandora have teamed up to release the “Special Olympics Champions” playlist—the first Pandora playlist ever released with a nonprofit—for this year’s Global Week of Inclusion!
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    Image of athletes and coaches with the Gallagher and Special Olympics logos at the top.
    As the Official Sponsor of Special Olympic International Sport and Coach Programming, A.J. Gallagher & Co. is committed to empowering athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to face their future with confidence through quality coaching and training experiences.
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    AJ sitting on a bench looking off into a park.
    “People with intellectual disabilities always come last." Not this time. “AJ” is an orphan, who has had to cope with many life challenges, along with intellectual disability. He grew up in an institution for abandoned children, until he turned 21. Then, by law, he was released to live independently—without support or job or family or a place to stay; he received a small allowance, but not enough to live on.
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    Young adults and athletes playing parachute in a gymnasium.
    Building on the success of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® (UCS) and reinforcing the legacy of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, has generously committed US$25 million to bring inclusive education to six countries—Argentina, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Romania and Rwanda.
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