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Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
We have over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
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My friend K has Down Syndrome. She came up and asked me to tie her shoe. I tied her shoe. My cousin said "why are you tying her shoe? You shouldn't help retarded people."
For a long time I thought I could never have children again let alone one with Down syndrome....I didn't know he had Down syndrome until he was born...which didn't matter if I knew before that or after...I feel in love with him the moment I laid eyes on him.
I went to an (unnamed) school where using the r-word was acceptable. An example would be when one day during class, two boys were just joking around, and one of the other boys' lens broke out of his glasses. Well...
My 3 year old brother Ethan has autism. His disability never stops him from cuddling up in my lap and bouncing around the house with a smile on his face. He is my number one inspiration as to why I took the pledge! God Bless!