Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
We have more than 5.6 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners around the world.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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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 world.
Anna K Vilhjalmsdottir
The following is a trailer from a Grbic visit to Iceland. He led a very successful volleyball camp for coaches and children 10 to 18 years old where athletes with intellectual disabilities were participating. This was a project in cooperation with a volleyball club in Husavik, north Iceland, Special Olympics Iceland, and the
I wasn’t aware of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign until the spring of my eighth grade year.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, my French teacher Mademoiselle O’Brien organized a banner for all the students and staff at my middle school to sign during our lunch block. She encouraged us to
I opted to stop using the r-word when I became more involved in the special needs community and realized the damage this word causes. I became immersed in the special needs community through a peer mentor program at my high school in Columbus, OH. My school offered an inclusive environment for the s
Throughout all my elementary and middle school years, I was the shyest person you could meet. Going into my high school years was terrifying. I wasn't so involved my freshman year, but it didn't stop me from looking for ways I could get more involved. My sophomore year, I learned about a club called Pr
Ms Bakhtawar Saini
I signed the pledge to support all special needs individuals. My daughter has intellectual disabilities and at the age of 6, she was in kindergarten at a public school in NY. At that time we were told that she would never progress past a 5 year old mentality. She has since graduated high school, lov
I first realized how hurtful this word was when I was in elementary school. I was diagnosed with Autism as an adult, and then it hurt even more. I was bullied all through school and felt alone and afraid. It wasn't until I joined Special Olympics and Butler Best Buddies that I wanted to spread the wo
Dr. Clement Chileshe
Darren Paul Wilkinson
Special Olympics came to Sheffield, England and I was fortunate to be chosen as a volunteer. I have witnessed over the last 4 days things that brought a grown man to his knees.
Special Olympics and the American Physical Therapy Association have been long-time partners, working to advance the health and fitness of Special Olympics athletes.