We are a global organization with programs in over 220 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.
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.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
Get involved with Special Olympics in your neighborhood. Find the program nearest you.
Get results by sport and team for major Special Olympics competitions.
Explore how Special Olympics is creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all.
Make your year-end donation to Special Olympics now.
Provide dependable funding for our year-round programs.
Celebrate a friend or pay tribute in memory of a loved one with a donation to Special Olympics in their name.
Your fundraising campaign will help us transform more lives through the joy of sports.
Donate with confidence on our secure server.
Newsletter: Sign up and get inspiring stories!
Double Your Impact!
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sports. Help us get one more athlete onto the playing field.
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.
Tell us about it so we can publish it on the site!
I've transported to the hospital in the past month with the seizure, I heard the ambulance people use the R word. That really ticked me off so I decided to write a letter to the company that transported me the hospital.
I'm a senior in high school and have volunteered with the special needs community since about 7th grade. It's hard being an advocate for this cause as a teen because there is of course judgement and the "why do you care?" question.
In day to day life, using the r-word is something that you use without thought. By using it to describe an outfit, stranger, or friend I never knew how much I used the word until a peer came up to me and asked me a question.
"Why do they call me names like retard? I don't understand."
Diran N. Tookmanian
When I came home from serving as a First Division MP in Vietnam I found that the family that had lived across the street had moved to a nearby town. They were friends and had children my age. They also had a young son who had several poorly understood "disabilities."
We need to get rid of this word as well as get rid of bullying and ridiculing people who are different and special in their own way. We are human beings and have feelings just like everyone else.
My school is notorious for using the R word. I am a freshman in high school. What am I supposed to do? Well the other day I stepped up and asked my teacher if I could speak to my class about the R word.
Kayla aka KayBearDabs