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Intellectual Disabilities

Think Beyond the Mailroom for Disability Hiring

Barbara Otto | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Barbara Otto

People with disabilities in America are job-ready, college-educated and experienced professionals for whom working in a call center or in an assembly line wouldn't align with their valuable and hard-earned education and experience.

At Homecoming, These Teens Proved Friendship Goes Beyond Intellectual Disability

Abigail Abel | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Abigail Abel

I can honestly say Mitch is one of the closest friends I have ever had, but Mitch is not my "friend with an intellectual disability," he's just my friend.

Bullying Hurts Kids With Intellectual Disabilities: A Parent's Perspective

Terri Barnhart | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Terri Barnhart

The teasing from his teammates started slowly, but then one day some boys on his team pants'd him by pulling down Ben's pants on the playing field, in front of the whole team.

The Inspirational Story of Nolan's Sweet Heat

Reghan Conrey | Posted 11.15.2014 | Teen
Reghan Conrey

Nolan Stillwell. CEO, avid gardener, talented chef, and beacon of hope. Nolan has Down Syndrome, but there is nothing "disabled" about this hardworking, motivated young man.

Employment for People With Intellectual Disabilities: Lil' Help?

John M. Simmons | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
John M. Simmons

When you notice places of business and employment positions where people with intellectual disabilities might fit in, take a few minutes to write a letter to management.

Changing the Way the World Views People With Intellectual Disabilities

Brooklyn Decker | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Brooklyn Decker

My mom would always say there's a simple fix for making someone feel included and showing respect -- it's as easy as using a different word.

Special Olympian-Soccer Player Pair on What Makes Their Friendship Amazing

Olivia Marincov | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Olivia Marincov

Many years later, as we are about to go on our second trip to the Special Olympics USA Games, my teammates truly understand the game of soccer.

Stephanie McMahon: Celebrating What Makes Us Unique

Stephanie McMahon | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Stephanie McMahon

We often use the word unique to describe something special; something that is without equal. But why is it when we use the term "unique" to describe a person, the connotation is often negative?

My Two Kids With Down Syndrome and I Found a Place to Be a "Typical" Family

Stephanie A. Pratico | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Stephanie A. Pratico

When my son and daughter were both born with Down syndrome, I knew the likelihood of receiving even one college acceptance letter may not be a reality. But the day John received his letter of acceptance from the Special Olympics I experienced the equivalent.

How I Chose a Path Full of Hope and Potential for My Intellectually Disabled Son

TJ Nelligan | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
TJ Nelligan

As a parent of a child with an intellectual disability, I have seen so many of my peers go down a road of despair and disappointment as they contemplate the future. The Special Olympics allowed me to choose a path filled with hope and potential.

For My Daughter With Cerebral Palsy, "Tolerance" Just Isn't Enough

Patrick McClenahan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Patrick McClenahan

Through her tears, she spoke about her son's intellectual disability and explained that her husband will not accept him because of his condition, "because in my country, the belief is that we did something wrong ... our son's condition is a curse."

Julie Foudy: I'm Taking a Stand for My Friend Amy, Who Taught Me the Value of Different

Julie Foudy | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Julie Foudy

My experience as a woman in sports and my relationship with Amy have both taught me so much about seeing the value of different, whether or not society is ready to acknowledge or embrace it.

How I Found Acceptance and Inclusion Despite Having an Intellectual Disability

AJ Fry | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
AJ Fry

I have been involved in sports, like track, cross-country and soccer for a long time because I enjoy playing them. But when I was growing up, I never felt like part of any team or group. I always felt like a loser, just because I was different.

My Daughter With Down Syndrome Is so Beautiful I Decided the World Should See

Tara McCallan | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Tara McCallan

Differences are what gave me confidence when I had to proudly show her off with a feeding tube, tiny eye contacts, little baby glasses and eye patches.

Lauren Potter of Glee: Down Syndrome Couldn't Keep Me From Following My Dreams

Lauren Potter | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Lauren Potter

As a girl who has accomplished things that many didn't think were possible, I know that people can be wrong when they judge someone else just because they are different.

Health Needs of People With Intellectual Disabilities Need Closer Examination

Mary Davis | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Mary Davis

"You can't compete if your feet hurt, if your teeth hurt or if your ears ache."

"Grace for Keshet": Where Music Meets Charity

Judah Joseph | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Judah Joseph

Grace for Keshet has the potential between March 31st and April 9th to really change the lives of Chicagoan individuals with Special Needs. With each donor's contribution, Jonny's song also gets distributed to another person.

More Than 2,000 Schools Adopt Grassroots Campaign To End The Use Of The 'R-Word'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact

You've heard it said, you may have spoken the word yourself, but Soeren Palumbo and Timbo Shriver are intent on eradicating it from the English langua...

Breaking Down Common Defenses For Using The R-Word

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Sahaj Kohli

In order to rewire your thoughts on the r-word, you have to understand that there are legitimate arguments against your defenses for using it.

Grassroots Passion for the Special Olympics

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 05.05.2014 | Sports
Chris Komisarjevsky

We marvel at the courage, determination and sportsmanship when so many talented individuals work their hardest and push themselves to do their very best.

Let's Pledge to Respect People Like My Sister

Elena Delle Donne | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Elena Delle Donne

I had been blessed with gifts that the world recognized: height, agility, coordination and strength.

What 'Retarded' Does And Does Not Mean

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

For me, it's not just any old word -- it's my daughter. My beautiful, bright, happy, loving, amazing daughter who is slow or limited in intellectual development and academic progress.

What I'm Actually Giving Up For Lent

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Amanda Gutterman

I am making an exception and giving something up for Lent. That thing? Saying the R-word.

I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word

John Franklin Stephens | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
John Franklin Stephens

You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability.

They Taught Us Words Are Powerless, and They Were Wrong

Tim Shriver | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Tim Shriver

We believe that young people -- empowered by a movement of their peers -- can change how we see and treat individuals with disabilities with their words, and then more.