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The Games in Abu Dhabi will be the world's largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. The Board unanimously voted to award the World Games to Abu Dhabi based on a comprehensive bid proposal, a site visit by a Board Committee, and the country's vision to create inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
That vision begins with the United Arab Emirates and extends to their region and the world. The UAE is close to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, so the Games are expected to have a very broad benefit.
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By maria acuapa
My brother taught me that no matter what health condition you have, you can be strong enough to prove to people that you are like them and they should not judge you for what you have but for what you know and can do.
My brother was born with special needs. It wasn't i was in the 7th grade that people and my friends really started to use the r-word. I actually had my friends sit down with me and the counselor to discuss why the word should not be used for fun.
i have a learning disability which means my brain different from a normal brain
My Uncle was a challenged man. We were not supposed to the R word by itself but it was considered ok to say MENTALLY R word. He could juggle play piano guitar all by ear & was not taught.
Every time I hear the R-word, I cringe. Not only because its a distasteful, rude and just plain hateful word, but also because my little brother has Asperger's.
I have been able to spread the knowledge of people with disabilities by way of group projects and have refused to and refused to let those around me use the R word in my presence. People think that we help teach people like my sister but in truth, they teach us.