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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.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
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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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We are proud to be involved with the Special Olympics as a partner. This charity will be a huge part of what we were called to do.
My name is Derrick Fahnestock. I am 33 years old. I live in North Myrtle Beach, SC. I am here to end the r word.
"That's so retarded." "He is acting retarded!" When people use these expressions, it's typically meant to indicate that something (or someone) was stupid, or maybe just ridiculous. But this is a word that has serious repercussions for the millions of people who have developmental disabilities. It's hurtful. Because "retarded" doesn't mean "stupid."
I worked with children with austism for over 20 years. They have taught me patience and compassion I never knew I had. We all are born with some sort of tools.e People who are challenged have a difficult time showing us what their tools may be. We have to step back and look for what each person is bringing into the world.