Special Olympics in the 1970s
An idea that started in the USA begins to spread across the globe. Stigma facing people with intellectual disabilities is slowly being replaced with respect and admiration -- on the playing fields and off.
After just a decade, Special Olympics International Summer Games are attracting thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world. Above, founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks to the crowd at the 1979 International Summer Games in Brockport, N.Y.