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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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Every Friday, I get to play with a little boy, and I am not even going to define his disability, because after two years of hanging out with him, I look at him and I don't see a disability. I just see an awesome little boy.
As I was growing up the r word was very widely used. I was called it several times throughout my elementery and middle school years. I hung out and played with the deaf and hard of hearing kids, didn't do well in school was in a program for the "special".
I am a high functioning man who has Asperger's. I received my BA this past June. I grew up with people calling me the R word. I have a hard time expressing emotion and taking in a lot of data at one time.
When I was very young (age 6-9) and lived in Texas, I was the subject of major bullying. Although I have no physical or developmental disabilities, I was teased, every morning, at the bus stop by a large group of kids.
MLS WORKS, ESPN and Special Olympics will work together to use the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Unified Sports.
I pledge for my nephew with learning disabilities. My niece and nephews mean the world to me and if I can do my part to make the world a little safer for them, then I will do whatever needs to be done. This organization is truly a wonderful thing!