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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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I worked at the Anne Carlsen Center here in Fargo ND & the people I worked with changed my life in more ways than I can count on all ten fingers & toes. To me they will never be defined by one word.
At my school, I take orchestra and the orchestra teacher told us that if we ever say Retard at school we will have a couple days of detention and be in big trouble.
The R-word rings in my ears as though the filthiest of swear words. This is a simple thing people do and they do not pay any attention to it. I know I did not pay any attention to it a year back.
University of Mary Athletics
Every year, University of Mary student athletes volunteer their time and efforts at the North Dakota Special Olympic State Bowling Tournament in hopes of touching the lives of intellectually impaired athletes.
Melinda Lavine, Grand Forks Herald
Special Olympics North Dakota