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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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we talk about the r-word everyday in the State of Maine. When people hear about the r-word they R excited everyday it wakes them up. They scream and yell and please let other people know what the r-word is.
My brother has a couple of learning disorders, and he's always getting bullied in school. He tells me he doesn't but everyone knows he does. He's in special ed for school and everyone treats him terribly but he's still a normal person. And it hurts me that he's getting hurt by everyone else.
I help speaking up for us and with people with disabilities who don't know how to speak up for themselves. We help them out in every way
Jane Fanning Brown
When I went on the track, I was nervous, but I did it,
and that's the true meaning of bravery.
Ann (Dresser) Meredith
I was the piano teacher for a girl with Down syndrome. Her dad was going to the National Association of Down Syndrome convention. She wanted to play her favorite song at the convention.