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Special Olympics South Africa Healthy Athletes GAUTENG Screening

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We would like to thank our partnership with Essilor our global sponsor, for ensuring that our athletes who are screened and prescribed glasses in the Opening Eyes discipline receive them free of charge. We also formed partnerships with local clinics and hospitals to ensure that there is continuity and that our athletes receive follow-up treatment, if need be. Through Healthy Communities, Special Olympics is expanding health services offered by Healthy Athletes by improving year-round access to care, health education, and wellness opportunities. A big thank you to all the clinical staff from the different countries and the Lions club volunteers who supported us during our screening.

We hosted a Special Olympics South Africa healthy athletes screening and Healthy Hero’s training at Tshegofatsong Special School in Mamelodi, Pretoria. With this screening we were able to help educate the community of Mamelodi about the importance of proper health care for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities. A total of 198 athletes were screened in all 7 Special Olympics disciplines through the day by the clinical volunteers who were trained during the Special Olympics Clinical Directors training that took place the day before the screening. Special Olympics South Africa understands that people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) are neglected in different levels, including that of health. Therefore, it is part of our duty as an organisation to cater for their needs and provide accessible health-care services. Through the Special Olympics Healthy Communities, we are able to expand year-round access to health care, health education, and wellness opportunities.

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I am a Journalist for Special Olympics South Africa