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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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My friends don't know I'm autistic.
I didn't even know until a few months ago, but I always hated the r-word. It's derogatory, no two ways about it.
The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "In 1968, Mr. O’Brien became one of the first Special Olympians at the inaugural games at Chicago’s Soldier Field. He competed every year until 2014, traveled the world, and won about 750 medals, many of them gold.
My friend Kathy became a teacher for special education and when I one day misused the R word, she schooled me. I have never since then used it, and in turn school others.
Harold William Greene
Before I had my child who was born with Down syndrome, I regularly used the r-word in slang as many people today do. Today, I am more aware of its effect on people with special needs and refuse to use this ignorant speech anymore.
Charles m Adams
My name is Charles. From an early age, I knew I was different. I couldn't keep up in high school. I was always pushed in school but it wasn't until I came to a friend that Ii found out about the Chicago Special Olympics organization and the rest as they say is history.I pledge never to use "Thatword" as long as I live.