COVID-19

Many people with intellectual disabilities live sedentary lives and have unhealthy eating habits. Data collected by Special Olympics shows that 80% of athletes with intellectual disabilities are overweight or obese.
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At the 2019 World Games, Tan Yee Shu was known as the talented and motivated captain of his Unified basketball team. He continued that leadership even after competitions and in-person training halted due to COVID-19.
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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, occurring on 6 April, was created by the U.N. in 2013 to recognize the impact that sport can have on human rights issues. For 2021, the theme is resiliency—building back stronger and better.
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One of April’s “Autism Awareness” themes is celebrating ways that people with autism lead full and healthy lives. For the Taylor twins, that’s something they celebrate every day.
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Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools offers free resources to help students and educators reenter the in-person school setting with an inclusive mindset.
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New Data Reveals People with Intellectual Disabilities are 6x More Likely to Die from COVID-19
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Special Olympics Finland gymnasts weathered snow and ice for their latest outdoor training sessions!
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Banele is an athlete, basketball and athletics coach with a passion for helping others stay fit, even during a pandemic.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave a majority of sports and events on hold, Special Olympics launched Call To Action, an initiative to encourage our athletes to remain active and lift their spirits by surprising them with a video call from some of their favorite celebrity supporters.
Intellectual disability puts individuals at higher risk of dying earlier in life than the general population, for a variety of medical and institutional reasons.
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