Down Syndrome

Johannes standing next to a metal sign of the Special Olympics with his arms up in celebration and smiling.
24 years ago, Helen Cheong struggled to accept the news that her son Johannes was going to be born with Down Syndrome.
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Aloysia, a young woman wearing glasses , a purple blazer, gray shirt, and big smile standing in front of a garden wall.
We have so much to learn from one another.
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Nakorn running on the track during an athletes competition. He has on a brightly colored tank top, blue shorts, and black spandex.
‘Getting on with it’ is my motto to survive in life.
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Milton Rosen the Rocks rock
Milton Rosen, a Special Olympics athlete, formed a close bond with Dwayne Johnson during their childhood.
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Brothers Evan and Jay sitting side by side being interviewed.
Evan and Jay are not only brothers, they are Unified basketball teammates at Ponaganset High School, a Unified Champion School.
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Ben from team US standing in front of other athletes, spectators, and fans smiling for a photo op.
People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are accomplishing more than anyone ever thought possible, as Special Olympics athletes prove every day around the world.
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Chaica Al Qassimi giving a speech at the World Games in Abu Dhabi
By Special Olympic athlete, Chaica Al Qassimi, a Technical Officer, Judo, Special Olympics UAE team.
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Xiang Li in a red athletic zip up.
Li Xiang has been changing attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities all his life. In China, people with intellectual disabilities can face stigma from the moment of diagnosis.
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Rabah Kino on the field in a stadium with his arms raised in celebration
Rabah Kino from Special Olympics Lebanon is a multisport athlete who knows a few things about finding joy and success through sports.
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Miriam on a white horse entering an arena area.
Mariam Adel Azzab, the 32-year-old was born in a challenging time for a child with Down Syndrome, it was a time of exclusion, judgment and negative perceptions.
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