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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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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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Loral I Barrie
I started the movement on campus. My initial goal was to get 200 pledges and ended up reaching 1,018!
I work at an organization that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have worked there for two and a half years and have loved every second of it. I have learned so much from every person I support at this organization.
Students from Hillcrest Elementary took the pledge throughout the entire day on Wednesday, March 4, 2014. This is a video from the day.
Down syndrome can be really bad thing to have because you are more likely to be bullied because you look different than every body else. The thing about Down syndrome is that you are happier than other people about things that are happening but when you are being bullied about it that makes them really depressed and unhappy.
There was a beautiful lady whom my mom used to take care of. She was mentally disabled and in a wheelchair. One day, my mom and I ended up seeing her with her caretaker at hyvee.
My brothers wife's sister has downs and is bullied a lot at her school in Mitchell South Dakota. She is about 8 and she is called mental and a lot of other things by the older kids.
I have this good friend name Akwien Riak and we were just fine and friends. But after we became close he started being racist. He thinks it's a "joke" but its not. He just goes and calls me a spec or a beiner. Or just calls me the R-Word cause i'm Hispanic. But i know how to be real with him.