Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018, see how our movement is living this year’s theme of “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”
Dan talking with a host while he receives the news of becoming an International Global Ambassador. There is a congratulations cake on the desk.
By Daniel Smrokowski
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Special Olympics Dominican Republic representative speaking into a microphone. He's sitting next to a male athlete, and the interviewer is to the left of the athlete. a female is listening to him speak.
Special Olympics is celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) by challenging everyone to up their game for global inclusion.
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Smiling pediatrician is looking over and checking out an athlete during a screening.
The Organization of American States (OAS) and Special Olympics signed an agreement to promote sports, physical activity, health, inclusive education, sustainable and human development, and human rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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An illustration of a person running, text that reads: Special Olympics Health | Made possible by Golisano Foundation. Text that reads: Some Special Olympics athletes have a passion for health and fitness.
Health Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who have been trained to serve as a health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates and role models within their communities.
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Global Ambassadors and youth leaders gather for a group photo in the Dominican Republic sitting on the stairs inside a building with plants on either side of the group.
The Special Olympics ' Global Athletes Congress is serving as a platform where Special Olympics athletes lead the way to a more inclusive world.
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Full group including WWE star, athletes, and volunteers on the court posing for a group photo in front of a WWE and Special Olympics backdrop.
“Because when WWE and Special Olympics get together, WE GET HYPED!”
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Ephraim experiencing sitting in a wheel chair surrounded by para-olympians. An athlete on either side of him is holding a basketball.
Ephraim Mohlakane is demonstrating the true power of inclusion by stepping up as a leader outside of the Special Olympics community.
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Dilek Sabancı, Honorary Chairwoman of Special Olympics Turkey, with Special Olympics Turkey athletes at recent 2018 "Let's Talk" event where she received an award honouring her inspirational efforts to combat taboos and stigmas around women’s health. She is on stage with Natalia Vodianova, Europe Eurasia leadership, and Special Olympics athletes.
Dilek Sabancı, Honorary Chairwoman of Special Olympics Turkey, received an award honouring her inspirational efforts to combat taboos and stigmas around women’s health at the recent 2018 "Let's Talk" event in Antalya, Turkey.
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Ken Melvin speaking in an interview.
Ken Melvin, a Special Olympics athlete from Russellville, Indiana, will participate in this year’s Global Athlete Congress as a member of the North America Athlete Input Council.
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The athlete leaders and youth leader who contributed to the Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Leadership Conference 2018
“I stand here before you as a leader”—there was no doubting the truth of that statement from Kiera Byland.
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