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Abstracts & Publications

Calling on the USPSTF to Address Ableism and Structural Ableism

Written by Dimitri Christakis and Liza Iezzoni

The mission of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is to make evidence-based recommendations about effective interventions to prevent disease, improve health, and extend life of people nationwide. People with disability are the largest minority group in the US. Almost 27.2% of adult Americans have at least one disability, and 4.3% of children have a disability. Disability—among both adults and children—often intersects with other potentially marginalized identities, such as race and ethnicity. This further compounds their barriers to fair health and health care. Yet, disability often remains missing from discussions about improving health.

Global report on COVID-19 vaccination and reasons not to vaccinate among adults with intellectual disabilities: Results from secondary analyses of Special Olympics’ program planning | PLOS Global Public Health

Written by: Andrew Lincoln, Alicia Dixon-Ibarra, John Hanley, Ashlyn Smith, Kiki Martin, and Alicia Bazzano

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. The objective of this study was to identify global rates of COVID-19 vaccination and reasons not to vaccinate among adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) associated with country economic income levels. The Special Olympics COVID-19 online survey was administered in January-February 2022 to adults with ID from 138 countries. Read more here.

Contributions of Community Organizations to Personal Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Study of Special Olympics Program Participation – Developmental Disabilities Network Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2 (

Written by Seb M. Prohn, Parthenia Dinora, Kayla Diggs Brody

Community organizations can enhance the intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) service system’s ability to improve the health, wellness, and participation of people with I/DD. This study added an item about Special Olympics (SO) participation to the 2019-2020 National Core Indicators In-Person Survey to predict active SO participation and to determine whether personal outcomes differed for SO participants. Read more here.

Past Talks that Special Olympics is involved