COVID-19

Jaime Cruz and RAVVA in a scene from RAVVA’s music video.
Champions of Inclusion contribute to a more dignified, just and inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), celebrating the strength of a world where we all enjoy the same rights.
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Selfie of Joshua Cohen
I interviewed a girl from Japan named Sayako. She was very nice and easy to talk to. I interviewed her on Special Olympics, the coronavirus and how it’s impacting us, and our personal interest, including Japan.
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Steven at work wearing his red Target zip up.
When COVID-19 hit, Steven stepped up to the ‘front lines,’ making sure his community had everything they needed.
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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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Garrie Barns at Special Olympics standing behind the receptionists desk.
Why is it so hard to have to stay home when you are used to getting out and about, riding the metro, and feeling a sense of freedom? Because of COVID-19, we are staying home so that we can protect those who are vulnerable to the disease. We are all so used to being active, outgoing, human beings, by being at home, we are losing that.
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Christophe Schuler on golf course at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
How are we creating tipping points toward inclusion across communities? What can others learn from the Special Olympics movement and our athletes? What does our return-to-play plan look like in various parts of the world?
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Johanna Schoeneck standing outside by a tree.
Special Olympics athlete, Johanna Schoeneck, makes it her mission to keep those with intellectual and developmental disabilities safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Families: The Life Force of our Movement
Families are the life force of Special Olympics and their engagement is as vital to the success of the athletes as it is to the amplification of our mission.
Athlete receiving a dental examination and an assistant takes notes.
Patients with intellectual disabilities already face complications in finding and getting dental treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made these challenges harder. Special Olympics Chief Health Officer shares her insights about these difficulties.
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Special Olympics Belgium Virtual Games 2020 programme.
This spring, Special Olympics Belgium welcomed the very first edition of the Virtual Games—a two-day digital event as a replacement for the traditional Summer National Games. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belgian team was forced to cancel the in-person competition, but that didn’t stop their athletes from finding a way to compete!
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