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Special Olympics 2013

A Word Can Be a Matter of Life and Death

Matthew Holder | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Matthew Holder

No one believes that if the R-word vanished, access to the best health care will suddenly appear and the medical problems faced by people with intellectual disabilities magically fixed, but language affects attitudes, and attitudes affect action.

A Letter to My Daughter About Special Olympics

Jessica Watson | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Jessica Watson

The truth is, I wish I could just follow you around with an embarrassing mom bag of sunglasses and earplugs and sensory toys but you don't want those things anymore. You want to brave it on your own and I am so proud of you for that.

Advocates: Special Olympics Athletes Are Unemployed, Poor, Denied Rights

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact

As more than 2,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities wrapped up a week of intensive winter competition at the Special Olympics on Tuesday, they ...

The Spirit in the Game

Jessica Watson | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Jessica Watson

I have carried, just as carefully as any gold medal, the gift that Special Olympics has given to our family. A perfectly built place where my daughter will always belong, where she will win far more often than lose, because everyone has told her she can.

We Applaud Special Olympics Athletes

Beth Sullivan | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Beth Sullivan

Olympic athletes train their entire lives. They devote every spare moment to their sport. For the Special Olympic athlete, we think it's fair to say that nothing comes easily. Just living in a typical world is an Olympic feat.

Special Athletes Set Example for Us All

Mark R. Miller | Posted 01.31.2013 | Impact
Mark R. Miller

What can we believe about sports, and the people who play them? You won't find the answer on your local sports news, on ESPN, or in Sports Illustrated. No, to truly understand the power and beauty of sports, you'd have to be in Seoul, South Korea.

Celebrating Inclusion at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

I hope that all Americans will take some time over the course of these Games to reflect on the value and contributions of people with disabilities, and how we can all take part in promoting the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in our communities.