COVID-19

Athlete receiving a blood pressure test while two others stand/sit beside her.
The American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) recently invited Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Special Olympics Chief Health Officer, to keynote a webinar titled COVID-19 and People with ID: Special Olympics Responds.
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Dental exam at Healthy Athletes screening during the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Why Inclusive Health Matters More Than Ever
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Over the years, Special Olympics has provided over 2 million free health screenings (in the areas of vision, hearing, dental, etc.) in over 135 countries and trained nearly 280,000 health care professionals on the topic of people with ID.
“At Special Olympics, when we can’t be in our competitions and our events, we still are everyday connecting with our athletes to make sure they aren’t socially isolated,” said Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.
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Athletes performing squats in a gym setting.
Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics, was recently a guest on Health Professional Radio where she discussed the resources available on the Special Olympics website to help athletes and caregivers manage the uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Francis Mauro, Special Olympics Gibraltar runner, running through the Abu Dhabi desert.
Special Olympics Gibraltar athlete Francis Mauro has courageously volunteered to continue working as a Messenger on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis at a hospital in Gibraltar. This latest selfless act is just one in a long line of tenacious moves by Francis—a man of grit and determination who is deeply committed to his community.
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Coach Greg from Special Olympics New Jersey staging in a living room wearing a yellow Special Olympics Young Athletes t-shirt.
Young Athletes provides children, ages 2 – 7, with fun and engaging activities to stay fit and healthy. This is especially important while spending so much time indoors due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.
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Coach and athlete assessing what is to come down the track.
Whether you are an aspiring coach, an experienced coach interested in exploring Special Olympics coaching, a Special Olympics veteran who wants to earn certifications for your learning, or just looking for a refresher, there are a number of course options for you to choose from.
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Dr. Alicia Bazzano speaking from her home.
In this interview for QuickTake by Bloomberg, SOI Chief Health Officer Dr. Alicia Bazzano discusses why people with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for COVID-19, and why maintaining proper hygiene and finding ways to remain active is so important.
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Dr. Alicia Bazzano Calls for Urgent Need for Training for Health Care Professionals and Access to Quality Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities
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Donations of masks and gloves in a box.
Amid the continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and as healthcare and safety workers are struggling to find much needed medical equipment, Special Olympics Programs and athletes have found ways to give back to the communities that have given so much to our organization.
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