Inclusive Health

School of Strength Athletes pose with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch
A Fitness and Nutrition Resource for People With Intellectual Disabilities
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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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Inclusive Health - Opening Eyes
Globally, 35% of our athletes need new prescription glasses & 23% have never had an eye exam. Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes® provides free eye assessments for Special Olympics athletes.
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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Corporate and Commercial Photographer for Worldwide Assignments
In a Washington Post Op-Ed, Special Olympics Chairman of the Board Timothy Shriver addresses the gap in healthcare that has become even more apparent for people with intellectual disabilities during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Athlete, Edna Sunjic, smiling, sitting on a couch, and holding flowers.
Edna Sunjic is among the athletes of Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina who currently leads a series of training sessions to help motivate her peers across the country.
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Medical exam in Guinea-Bissau
MedFest is sometimes the first exposure athletes have to medical care and in many cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and subsequently treated.
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Special Olympics athletes in Jordan participate in SOFIt activities.
Special Olympics Fitness models show promise as a health intervention for people with intellectual disabilities
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