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Experiences With Autism: In Our Own Words

For World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2021, we came up a few survey questions for fellow Special Olympics athletes with autism. We both work at Special Olympics. Josh is an Assistant in the Business Services department and Jerry works as a Specialist with the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® program. Through these answers, we hope readers will learn that people with autism have a wide variety of talents, outlooks and experiences.

Article and interviews by Jerry Holy and Josh Cohen
Kurtis Siu - Special Olympics Korea - Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger

Special Olympics Hong Kong - Long Distance Running - Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger
Grace Payne - Special Olympics New Zealand

Special Olympics New Zealand - Basketball, Powerlifting
Dacki Sandiego - Special Olympics Philippines

Special Olympics Philippines - Badminton, Basketball
Rodrigo Silvero - Special Olympics Argentina

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Aristotelis Makris - Special Olympics Hellas (Greece)

Special Olympics Hellas (Greece) - Swimming
Chris Thibodeaux - Special Olympics Louisiana

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Benjamin Prousnitzer - Special Olympics Arkansas

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Sammy standing outside with a basketball in hand.

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