Father’s Day/Global Day of Parents
- Tom Golisano, father and champion for people with ID, created the Golisano Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted to championing people with ID.
- John C. McGinley is a Celebrity Ambassador and advocate for his son Max.
- How David Egan Found His Voice Through Sports, as David grew, his parents supported him to dream of goals larger than just sports. David’s new goals are finding ways to change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities.
- Rajah is the volunteer National Director of Special Olympics Senegal who grew the Program from 6 athletes to over 3,000. Through Rajah’s leadership, Special Olympics Senegal staff and athletes have emerged as leaders of sport, health, and employment best practices. Her motivation was to ensure her daughter Khadija would have a support system to compete and grow in an inclusive setting.
- Mame Mdiaye, Special Olympics Senegal footballer, heard for the first time, thanks to Healthy Athletes.
- Ecuadorian athlete hears fans cheer in the stands as she competes at World Games.
- Indian basketball teammates receive hearing aids at World Games.
- Making water, sanitation and hygiene inclusive. Special Olympics Programs around the world are advocating to include people with ID in life-saving education classes.
- Learning about Fit 5. Fitness is an important component of a healthy lifestyle for everyone. For athletes, a good fitness routine can help them perform at the highest level during every competition while feeling confident.
- Championing Community Health Workers for Inclusive Health. Individuals with intellectual disabilities face significant challenges accessing quality health, including services, resulting in pronounced health disparities and reduced life expectancy. On 13 March, the Global Inclusive Health Forum at World Games brought together key leaders in all aspects of the health care field to ensure that public health workers, particularly community health workers, are adequately equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities quality health care.
Special Olympics and Anytime Fitness announce new global partnership. Nearly 5,000 gyms worldwide will coach, train, and support Special Olympics athletes.
WORLD GAMES ABU DHABI 2019
Lifesaving and Life-changing health screenings
At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, March 14-22, we provided free health screenings to over 5,800 people at Healthy Athletes in seven disciplines [PDFs]: podiatry, vision, dentistry, physical therapy and fitness, health promotion, audiology, and emotional well-being.
- 59% were wearing the wrong size shoes
- Over 250 hearing aids were distributed free of charge
- Over 800 pairs of glasses were distributed free of charge
- 44% had untreated tooth decay
A team of international physicians, health professionals, and students volunteered to deliver the free health screenings. Volunteers were trained by specialized clinicians to follow best practices in screening people with intellectual disabilities. The knowledge and experience from Healthy Athletes goes home with these volunteers, where they are better equipped to provide quality care to people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics recognized seven healthcare organizations and professionals who are on the frontlines of bringing essential and often unprecedented health care to people with ID.
- The 2019 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award honorees were recognized from Belgium, China, India, Jordan, Kenya, Paraguay, and the United States of America.
- “To improve access to quality health care for 11 million people with ID by 2020, health systems must become more inclusive,” said Ann Costello, Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation.
- The award is named for Tom Golisano, U.S. businessman and philanthropist, who has contributed $37 million to Special Olympics to advance inclusive health around the world.
- Video about the honorees available here.
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