Intellectual Disability

Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina athlete Njegoš Mihajlović on the podium of the 400m race at the Abu Dhabi World Games 2019
Njegoš Mihajlović, athlete leader and Special Olympics medallist has become the first person with intellectual disabilities to enrol in a University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Ashley Adie standing next to another athlete and both are showing off their medals.
In 2004, 14-year old Ashley Adie experienced true inclusion for the first time. During a Special Olympics British Columbia Regional swim meet, Adie would enjoy the competition, but she found something much more than the ribbons and personal bests that day.
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Tyler Leech on the green playing golf with another player.
There he is, alone, with mother nature. Unlacing his shoes and removing his socks, he walks barefoot on the Iowa soil. Depending on the day, a shadow might reflect off the cool grass. The crisp sharpness of the earth glides across his skin helping Tyler Leech disconnect from the world.
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Melissa on stage with a medal draped around her neck speaking at SOMA's 50th Anniversary in 2018.
Melissa Reilly has never let her disability determine what she can and cannot do. Born with Down syndrome, Reilly defies stereotypes every day through sport, leadership and employment, exemplifying the value people with intellectual disabilities bring to all facets of life.
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Ethan in the dental office standing by the equipment.
It’s well known that employment rates are low for people with disabilities. The employment rate is especially low in medical and other professional fields. That’s why a new initiative in Louisiana and Texas is so innovative.
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Four athletes in the foreground with text behind them that reads: Heja Sverigelaget! with an illustration of the Swedish National Flag.
A new Swedish TV show, Heja Sverigelaget! (Go, Team Sweden!), which follows the journey of four Special Olympics athletes to World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi, has captured the imagination of the Swedish public!
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Chris Nikic with a coach on the banks of the water before his swim.
A month before Chris Nikic, Special Olympics Florida athlete, becomes the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a full IRONMAN race on 7 November 2020, he is taking the media by storm as a groundbreaking and high performance athlete.
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Two image of Yossef: on the left he is running on the right he is sitting behind a computer.
Youssef saw his friends beaten and bullied, then he was beaten and bullied—all because they have intellectual disabilities. Instead of giving up, he became determined to show the world that people with ID can do anything “if only we are given the chance.”
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Special Olympics Athlete Publishes New Book
David Egan has travelled the world as a Special Olympics athlete, advocate and public speaker. Now, the former Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger has written about his life and unique perspective in a book titled More Alike Than Different: My Life with Down Syndrome.
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Hanna Joy Atkinson speaking at the Special Olympics World Winter Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
Hanna Joy Atkinson, a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and athlete from Colorado, recently appeared on Today with Hoda & Jenna to talk about the inspiration behind her contribution to the new book “Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community.”
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