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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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By Will Schermerhorn
This text should definitely show up because what KS is doing is essential. Wished we had thought of it earlier.
I was sitting at a table waiting for the program to start and and one boy got up from another table to leave, saying goodbye to his friend (another volunteer) with the parting words "go have fun with those retarded kids."
Recently I've heard highly educated people I respect use the r word to describe distasteful, unenjoyable, and negative experiences/people. They rationalize that the r word is a medical diagnosis but I consider that view insensitive, ignorant, and privileged.
i have ADHD and I know it may not be as big of a disability as others but after helping with kids with disabilities and being able to help them it just became so near and dear to my heart.
When I was in high school, I worked for a school and residential community for the intellectually impaired. While my daughter we growing up, I always corrected her when she used the r-word in a derogatory manner. I'm glad to see a movement to never use the word.
When I was young, I constantly heard people call my cousin and my brother a "re****". They They both were slow emotionally and educationally. I got in trouble all the time because I got into a lot of fights defending them.