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Impact Lead
Every day, our athletes inspire people everywhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Learn more about the power Special Olympics has to make real change all around the world.
AJ sitting on a bench looking off into a park.
“People with intellectual disabilities always come last." Not this time.
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young woman speaking
Inclusion is accepting all people as equals—regardless of ability, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender identity—and ensuring that they have access to the same services and opportunities as everyone else.
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Macy's Story
Realizing the Bright Future of Your Child: An Intellectual Disability Resource for New Parents
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Large crowd of people in the streets sitting on chairs.
On the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, we celebrate the creation and impact of the Host Town Program.
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Lead to Include—Regional Youth Leadership Summits
Over the past year, more than 250 Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities gathered at 6 Regional Youth Summits to build a more inclusive world—starting in their own communities.
Students carry the Unified Champion School Banner at Papillion A Vista South High School
How Students With and Without Intellectual Disabilities Can Thrive in a Socially Inclusive Learning Environment
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Special Olympics Logo
Last week, our community gathered in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color in the United States and around the world to express our outrage at the death of George Floyd and at so many countless acts of racism and bigotry that have crushed the lives of millions of people in history and still today. We met as a global family to listen, to learn, and to act.
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This article was authored by a Unified writing team (writers with and without an intellectual disability). Jerry Holy is Special Olympics Virginia athlete and Specialist at Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®. Scott George is the Manager for University Engagement at Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools.
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Teacher Jennifer Paolantonio with Chairman Tim Shriver at SXSW EDU 2019
Whether from school or from home, the teachers of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® ensure that meaningful opportunities are present for students of all abilities in and out of the classroom.
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Medical exam in Guinea-Bissau
MedFest is sometimes the first exposure athletes have to medical care and in many cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and subsequently treated.
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Before and after photo of Cindy B.'s teeth
Cindy has spent decades building skills and confidence, as well as being a role model to people with—and without—intellectual disabilities (ID). Yet, she faced a common obstacle to confidence when serious dental issues led to her losing a tooth.
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A large group of students sitting on bleachers.
Hasbro and Special Olympics Partner for Unified Schools Programming
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