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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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So, I'm not disabled...well mentally at least. I have Aspergers Syndrome, a form of Autism, so there's people who use the r-word in a derogatory way towards me.
My brother Derek is autistic and to most people that means he is slow, incapable, and below the average, however his description couldn't be any more opposite. He is the SMARTEST, KINDEST, AND MOST LOVING, person in my life.
I was taught at a very young age everyone deserves kindness and respect. We lived behind an apartment building where the mentally and physically challenged rented out the whole bottom floor.
my name is Sandra Kryla and i was in Special Olympics from 1972 to 1978 and in that time i went to one world game in 1975. that was the best thing i did in my life and now i would love to be at the end of a race to hug the person come over the finish line.
My daughter is a beautiful young girl. She does not LOOK like she has a disability but at 11 she is far behind her peers intellectually and in maturity. My heart breaks when I hear children AND adults that do not know her being rude or insulting towards her.