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In every corner of the earth, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. These news stories come from all around the world.

Special Olympics Announces New Rosemary Collaboratory Initiative to Help Strengthen Health Systems to Include those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Rosemary Kennedy inspired Eunice Kennedy Shriver to found Special Olympics, and Special Olympics is excited to further honor her memory with the newly launched Rosemary Collaboratory. This initiative aims to accelerate efforts to address inequities that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face in health systems worldwide—issues that Rosemary Kennedy experienced 60 years ago and still persist today.
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Historic Pay Parity for Special Olympics Athlete-Reporters at Super Bowl

Two history-making athletes joined other Special Olympics athletes and celebrity supporters at Super Bowl LVIII in Nevada.
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Schools Should Boost Inclusion of Students With Disabilities, Special Olympics Leader Says

The following is an excerpt from Education Week’s article, Schools Should Boost Inclusion of Students With Disabilities, Special Olympics Leader Says.
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Remembering Tom Songster

This month we are remembering Tom Songster, Ph.D., an early pioneer of the Special Olympics movement—known for his dedication and commitment to people with intellectual disabilities—and for helping develop Special Olympics into a leading global sports and humanitarian organization.
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Global State of Inclusion in Education: A Letter, an Invitation and a Challenge

For International Day of Education, Special Olympics’ has issued its first annual letter on the Global State of Inclusion in Education.
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Special Olympics’ Kim Widdess Talks All Things Inclusion on COMCAST Newsmakers

The following is an excerpt from COMCAST Newsmakers’ story, Special Olympics: Creating a World of Inclusion Through Sports.
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Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver joins the BBC Global News Happy Pod

Special Olympics Chairman, Tim Shriver, and BBC Global News Happy Pod’s Harry Bligh share a conversation about Special Olympics, the importance of unity and the power of inclusive education.
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Athlete Leader Kiera Byland Featured in Photo Spread in Rarity Life Magazine

Rarity Life Magazine features athlete leader Kiera Byland in a photo spread and in depth article.
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Special Olympics West Balkans Unified 3x3 Basketball Tournament Reaches Triumphant Finale on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Athletes, Unified partners, coaches and families from four countries came together at the flagship regional tournament in Tirana, Albania to spread the message that “everybody is important.”
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2023 Special Olympics Holiday Card

As the holiday season approaches, Special Olympics sends our warmest wishes to all our incredible athletes and supporters around the world. May this time bring you peace, joy, unity, and inclusion. Let's spread love and kindness together. Happy holidays! ❤️ #ChooseToInclude

Special Olympics and American Council on Exercise Form Partnership

Special Olympics and American Council on Exercise have partnered to build awareness and capacity within the fitness industry to support the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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Higher ‘Happiness Levels’ and Self-Confidence among Outcomes as Three-Year Sport Initiative Nears Finish

More than 5,000 children with intellectual disabilities have seen an improvement in their overall happiness, motor and social skills as a result of the EEA and Norway Grants-funded project.
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