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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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I am 17 and I am autistic. I stim a lot (which means I flap my hands and yell and jump up and down) because I get very excited and happy sometimes. I am not intellectually disabled- Yet I have been called "retard" so many times from complete strangers.
People at my school call me the R word and more. It happend for 4 years straight it was so horrible.
I also thought they where my friend and then they said they hate me that hurt the most.
You're going the wrong way!!!! All of this shunning, has BECOME ASSOCIATED with boys and girls with downs syndrome and other similar DNA defects!
"It's just a word, what's the big deal?," my friends would say. Yes it is a word. A hurtful word. Little do they know that my family tree is packed with relatives that have intellectual disabilities. Autism, Asperger's, Downe's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy.
This is my story. I was slow as a kid, disabled as an adult, was bullied in school, and it made me cry. People call me r word. Got out school, thought it would be OK but it got worse.
In 2004 we were chosen to be the parents of a most wonderful son, Chase. He was a #2 preemie that wasn't supposed to live. At his birth we learned he also had T21 or Down Syndrome.
Bill Mondt III
I have a younger sister who has Downs. I have lost friends, gotten into fights, walked out of classes, been asked to leave classes just because of of others using that word.