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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.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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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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My Uncle Tom has Down syndrome and was in the Special Olympics and won all gold. He even ran the torch for a little bit. He's a better athlete then I am and I'm so proud of him.
I could never call my daughter the R- word. She is special needs, always has been. But she is the most fun loving, happiest, honest, forgiving, nonjudgemental beautiful young woman I know. She has a been such a blessing to our family. I tell everyone I know " she didn't need us, we needed her"!!
Hi I'm Dan and I have disabilities, and so I signed the pledge because I advocate for and live with people with disabilities.
This was my first year volunteering at the Special Olympics in Columbus, Ohio for the Summer Games I will say that that was my first of many years to come.
My brother and cousin both have Down Syndrome and they both have the biggest hearts. It truly makes me upset when I hear people using the R-word and them not even being bothered when saying it.
At age 8, I couldn't read or write at all, and people could not/would not understand how I was different and support my needs and desire to grow. Lots of testing and then the news: I was mentally retarded.