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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.
Dana Shilts and Russel Wolff in their own screens during a zoom interview.
What are the benefits of inclusion? Just ask Russell Wolff, Executive Vice President & General Manager of ESPN+, speaking here with Special Olympics athlete Daina Shilts, who’s been part of ESPN’s broadcast team covering World Games. Russell says working with people with intellectual disabilities inspires everyone “to be more thoughtful and to be more interested in people who are different.” He adds, “[Inclusion] also makes us better at what we do every day.”
Conversations With My Hero
A series of video interviews between youth leaders in Africa Region and their personal heroes showcase the best of inclusion across society, from the sports field to the classroom, the work place and even the performance stage.
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Athlete, Stephanie Handojo, demonstrating proper hand washing techniques to young children.
The world changed in 2020. Isolation, fear, overloaded health systems, and food insecurity continue to plague the world through the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has especially made things difficult for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Significant health disparities have been further exacerbated for those with ID. Special Olympics Health has been working hard to address these disparities.
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Virtual Summer Games 2020 logo.
All Special Olympics Programs are experiencing a new kind of normal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing all to go virtual this year.
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A group of unified students promoting Spread the Word
Practice Inclusion: End the Use of the R-Word
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Text reads: 5 ways to build back more inclusive.
After disruptive but necessary closings, Special Olympics is committed to supporting schools to return with more connection and community.
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Six images of young adults wearing masks and interacting with one another.
During a time social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Olympics has made a variety of online resources, such as virtual games, workouts and leadership opportunities, available to keep athletes healthy and engaged until in-person activities resume.
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Athletes on the left doing a project with text on the right.
The 2nd Special Olympics MENA Regional Athlete Leadership Input Council Meeting was held virtually and attended by 20 Athlete Leaders from 10 programs. During the virtual meeting, all Athlete Leaders participated in a Design Thinking and Recycling Workshop.
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Three athletes at USA Games
5 Reasons Inclusion Matters More Than Ever
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four separate images of athletes saying thank you.
All month, Special Olympics is celebrating Champions of Inclusion—leaders who are building a more just and joyful world for all! It’s the perfect time for our athlete leaders to send a message to our Global Ambassadors and Champion Ambassadors, who work tirelessly year-round to champion respect for people of all abilities. We appreciate you!
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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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