Special Olympics CEO Feature Speaker at National Conference Focused on Improving Healthcare for People with Disabilities

50+ panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions w/ national health experts

According to the U.S. General Accountability Office, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) continue to experience unnecessary deaths due to poor healthcare. The American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) wants to change this.

The AADMD is teaming up with Golisano Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation dedicated to helping people with IDD, to address this situation at its annual 4-day conference to be held this year in Rochester, NY May 9-12.

The conference, One Voice for Inclusive Health, will bring together around 300 industry leaders and IDD professionals from across the U.S. and Canada. Held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester with a Pre-Conference on Oral Health at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health, attendees will hear from top keynote speakers, meet companies paving the way for inclusive health, participate in more than 50 topical panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions and network with medical professionals dedicated to inclusive healthcare.

Featured speakers include:

  • Award-winning investigative journalist - Joseph Shapiro of NPR, whose recent series reported that people with intellectual disabilities are victims of some of the highest rates of sexual assault.
  • Chairman of the National Council on Disability - Neil Romano
  • CEO of Special Olympics - Mary Davis
  • Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation - Ann Costello
  • Commissioner of the NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities - Theodore A. Kastner, MD, MS
  • U.S. Representative Joseph Morelle from New York’s 25th Congressional District
  • And many more.
“Our dynamic program will be drawing key leaders from across the country to discuss the health disparity facing people with IDD and to create a strategy to change this. We hope that our meeting in Rochester, inspired by the legacies of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and David Satcher, will unleash the same passion and commitment.”
Dr. Stephen Sulkes , President of the AADMD and Professor of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester

At the conference, U.S recipients of the Golisano Health Leadership Award will gather. The Golisano Health Leadership Award honors health champions and their efforts toward fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of the Special Olympics global health program.

You can register for the One Voice for Inclusive Health conference here.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in more than 190 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including Bank of America, the Christmas Records Trust, The Coca-Cola Company, ESPN, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Microsoft, Safilo Group, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, TOYOTA, United Airlines, and The Walt Disney Company. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our blog on Medium. Learn more at www.SpecialOlympics.org.


Founded in 2002, AADMD is a non-profit organization of interdisciplinary medical professionals committed to improving the quality of healthcare for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) is a non-profit organization of interdisciplinary medical professionals including physicians, dentists, optometrists, neurologists and other clinicians committed to improving the quality of healthcare for people with IDD.

Since 2002, the AADMD has connected clinicians across the world and prepared them to face the unique challenges in caring for people with IDD. The organization provides curriculum to schools, IDD training for clinicians and specialized information to families and caretakers in language that is easy to understand. Above all, AADMD aims to make sure that no person with IDD is left without access to quality health services.

About Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation

B. Thomas Golisano—entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader—is the founder and chairman of the Board of Paychex, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, New York. Mr. Golisano has demonstrated an ongoing dedication and commitment to a variety of civic issues and organizations. In 1985 he launched his first philanthropic endeavor by establishing the Golisano Foundation, which awards grants to organizations providing opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities. His personal philanthropic contributions to hospitals, educational institutions and other organizations have totaled approximately $300 million.

The Golisano Foundation is now one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their life times. With more than $40 million in gross assets, it has awarded more than $24 million in grants , about $2 million annually, to non-profit organizations in Western NY and New York's Finger Lakes Region and Southwest Florida .

Read more on Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation's commitment to Inclusive Health for people with intellectual disabilities.

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