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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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Anthony R. Folcarelli
In my early days (1950s) those who were mentally challenged, or suffered from some major physical handicap, were virtually hidden from society. For years our American culture lost out on the warmth, honesty, friendship, laughter, and unique personalities that now enrich our lives.
I have used the term without thought of meaning. I am guilty. I vow to not use it ever again and spread the word through awareness to stop the r word from being used.
A lot of my friends use this term. I make comments when they do like "what do you mean by that" or "that's hurtful why would you say that" a lot of my friends think it's funny. I speak out a lot. I ask my friends "would you say that in front of the special needs kids?" There answers are, of course, no.
I have friends who still use the R-word sometimes and it bothers me, not because I think of my son as being the R-word but because not only is it incorrect terminology but it is used as an insult. Since when does being delayed become an insult.
Jose Ayala / wit a little help from his teacher Loretta....
I started participating in Special Olympics when I attended Napa High School. I am going to the post secondary program Transition 3 at NVUSD. I have been chosen to go to the World Games in LA this summer.
Team Oakland swimming is one place where athletes can really fee like they belong because the coaches’ turn over is really low and we have some really good coaches that really care and really know what they are doing.
I grew up around Special Olympics and my uncle was mentally challenged. I have learned that mentally challenged people are almost the happiest people I have ever met! I have always told my friends to please not use the R word around my family and I.