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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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So I used the r-word to display how childish my close friends were acting. A nearby little girl, she was five, stood up and walked over to me, with tears in her eyes she asked me to stop my use of this word, her best friend was handicapped, and also had a mental disability. I cried and told her how sorry I was.
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Hi I'm Mary was rased in good oldye? Oklahoma I've swam since was 16/17 My firsts event train was at the downtown y then worked onto the Ione YWCA for several yrs then is on now boards w the Emound Oklahoma stingrays teams speciall olympics. Swimming teams /Speciall olympics has taught me 5 things
Jackson , our 3rd grandson was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth, he is the most beautiful , loving , little guy on this earth. His smile lights up the room and his words, though not many, fill your heart with joy.
As a great grandma of Emersyn Elder. the time spent with her just makes my day with love and happiness
The R-word doesn't describe this guy; amazing does! I could never do enough to repay him for the ways he's bettered me as a person, and it all started with his dad calling out my use of the R-word and making me aware of how hurtful it can be to someone so irreplaceable!
This isn't really my story, but my mom's. She spent her life with a cognitively and developmentally disabled brother who was called names his entire life. She decided it would stop with her and we were never allowed to call anyone the 'r' word when I was a kid.
In October through a partnership between Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) and Special Olympics Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Twisters Shining Starz Cheerleaders were invited to perform at the OSSAA State Cheerleading Championships. The Shining Starz received standing ovations and go