Every day, Special Olympics athletes with Down syndrome prove they contribute just as much to society as anyone else. Find out more about these athletes and their work to build a more inclusive world.
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In every corner of the earth, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. These stories come from all around the worldStay In TouchSee inspiring stories, photos and videos in our Special Olympics monthly newsletter.The world changed in 2020. Isolation, fear, overloaded health systems, and food insecurity continue to plague the world through the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has especially made things difficult for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Significant health disparities have been further exacerbated for those with ID. Special Olympics Health has been working hard to address these disparities.2 Min ReadSpecial Olympics Global Ambassadors Jamaal Charles, Joe Haden and Dale Moss invite people with and without intellectual disabilities to play Unified flag football at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.A month before Chris Nikic, Special Olympics Florida athlete, becomes the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a full IRONMAN race on 7 November 2020, he is taking the media by storm as a groundbreaking and high performance athlete.1 Min Read
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#unifiedgenerationAll Special Olympics Programs are experiencing a new kind of normal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing all to go virtual this year.6 Min ReadSport Illustrated recently featured an article about how WWE Superstar Big Show, a Special Olympics Global Ambassador, is supporting athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Min Read5 Reasons Inclusion Matters More Than Ever3 Min Read
Inclusion has been a popular topic of conversation lately, due to the national dialogue on racial injustice. While the consensus is that inclusion is essential to advancing social justice, there have been fewer discussions around why. So we wanted to take the opportunity to focus on the benefits of inclusion.Special Olympics Chief Health Officer, Dr. Alicia Bazzano MD, PhD, MPH was a recent guest on the Ben & Bilal Show that airs on Canada Talks SiriusXM 167. They discussed the training, fitness and emotional support available virtually to athletes due to physical distancing related to the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Min Read
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