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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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Jordan was born in 1987. He was 6 when he died. He had developmental delays but he taught such great things. His love was one of an angel, he didn't know hate.
I did much the same thing in school. I have a special needs aunt. I was a member of the huggers of special Olympics. (( they don't hug anymore and its sad)) but I would tell students not to make fun of the kids. ( I got hit a few times but never backed down)
On the subject of the 'r-word', people seem to be very radical. People either use this word frequently, with the same meaning at 'stupid', or people want to wipe the word itself out of our vocabulary.
Gail Tudor - Special Olympics Nebraska athlete
I got to meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver at International game in 1991 the day after I bowl 259 with 8 strikes.
I first started to volunteer in a great recreational therapy program for people with disabilities when I was in high school. One day, I bumped into my buddy. I said sorry and she said "Me fine, me okay."
My Uncle Martin lives in Trinidad & Tobago and was born with Polio. Back then there were no special chairs, or therapies to help him walk, but his incredible Mom would each day rub his legs with oil and help him straighten them out until eventually he could walk.