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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.
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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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Special Olympics has helped me give back to the community and help out with people with disabilities.
So I help out with Special Olympics for the past 5-6 years because of my sister and she got me into helping out with Special Olympics, and I tried out a year and I liked it.
As an individual with co-occurring disabilities that included epilepsy, behavioral issues, and cognitive disabilities my brother has a lot to manage in his life.
I've had to grow up being people call my older brother stupid, ugly, and retarded. I've been arguing with people for as long as I can remember to not say the r-word.
My son is autistic and is bullied by the older kids. I have talked to the principle but the excuse is that they are in middle school!!
While in high school after I understood autism more in depth hearing the "R" word made me so furious, I am so defensive of my brother as well as any other exceptional individual that is called that.