Health

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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SAN RAMON, Calif., April 7, 2021 – CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight and Special Olympics have come together to support the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Foundation Opening Eyes® program, which aims to strengthen vision care inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The organizations have committed $300,000 through 2023 to provide Special Olympics athletes with high-quality vision and eye health screenings, prescription eyewear and sports goggles, while also providing improved education and training for eye care professionals (ECPs) and optometry students so they are better able to meet the unique needs of this marginalized group.
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Special Olympics New York athlete Cori makes a case for inclusive healthcare.
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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What are short, fun, and seem to be on an endless energetic loop? Gifs of course…and children!
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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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Every year, we have high hopes for the next year to be better than the next year, but 2020 was a whole different story.
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New Data Reveals People with Intellectual Disabilities are 6x More Likely to Die from COVID-19
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Learn about the Special Olympics jump rope challenge.
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Special Olympics Finland gymnasts weathered snow and ice for their latest outdoor training sessions!
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