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Health Needs of People With Intellectual Disabilities Need Closer Examination

Mary Davis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Mary Davis

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

Grassroots Passion for the Special Olympics

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 03.05.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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.

The Word to Use for My Older Brother Is "Inspiring"

Hannah Teter | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Hannah Teter

The use of the "r-word" perpetuates the marginalization and exclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities that persist in society, and it cannot be tolerated.

Howard Stern, Please Don't Be a Rob Portman!

Kel Kelly | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Kel Kelly

If you heard that your grandson/granddaughter -- an innocent, pure-hearted child -- was being called a retard and was being bullied at school because they were intellectually challenged, your heart would break and you would do everything within your power to stop it. Don't wait until that moment, Howard.

How One Community Changed Everything

Jessica Watson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Jessica Watson

This is how you do it. This is how you make people feel important and celebrate differences and create a community of supportive teenagers.

What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

John C. McGinley | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
John C. McGinley

When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."

Speak Up With Jimmy: Michelle Kwan Speaks Up for Special Olympics (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact
Jimmy Nguyen

In this fourth and final part of my interview with Michelle Kwan, the figure skating icon talks about her work supporting the Special Olympics and speaking up for young people worldwide with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics World Games Coming to L.A.!

Jay Weston | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have been a volunteer for Special Olympics for the past 8 years. Each October we have a fund-raising event at the Santa Monica Pier, Pier del Sol,...

Out of the Shadows

John Bridgeland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities number in the hundreds of millions, yet they too often live in the shadows of society. Subject to stigma, prejudice, shame, and abuse, they are often denied access to food, school, health care, and social integration.

Why I Am Taking a Stand on Intellectual Disability in Africa

Joyce Banda | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Joyce Banda

I am convening the African Leaders Forum on Disability in partnership with Special Olympics so that a marginalized population long unrecognized does not remain in the shadows. I consider this a critical, moral and practical challenge.

You Are A Loud

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Timothy P. Shriver

In almost every school and neighborhood, age-old discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities remains.

Empowering the Intellectually Disabled Through Sport

Mary Davis | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Mary Davis

The vast majority face a life of prejudice and discrimination, loneliness and limitation. Our number one challenge in Special Olympics is to end that.

Dealing in Miracles

Don Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Post

When you see a tiny premature baby weighing less than two pounds hooked up to tubes and wires, not having had the opportunity to feel the loving embrace from their parents, and then you watch them progressively get better until they're standing right in front of you as a healthy seven-year-old child, to me, this is why we are here.

This Deaf Athlete Says: 'Losing My Hearing Has Given Me A Positive Outlook on Life'

Charity Miles | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Charity Miles

"But when I do triathlons, it is not about hearing; it is about going. Losing my hearing has given me a positive outlook on life because I learned you can take something so negative and allow positive things to come from it."

Breaking Down Barriers And Changing Perceptions

Janet Froetscher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

Special Olympics does not exist to provide a service or to help a single subsection of the population. It is an organization that functions at full strength when communities are working together.

United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

Jim Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

Orphaned children--especially in poor countries--face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunit...

Finding An Invisible People

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Timothy P. Shriver

People with intellectual disabilities constitute a hidden population -- 200 million strong worldwide -- that routinely battles chronic diseases at far greater rates than others and tragically dies years younger as a result. Yet they remain invisible, not only to mainstream health systems, but also to the fail-safes put in place specifically to help those in need.

How One Teen Made 600 Athletes Feel Like Superstars (VIDEO)

Posted 06.12.2013 | Teen

Everyone deserves to feel like a superstar for a day, and thanks to one thoughtful teen, 600 athletes did. This year, all 600 participants at the ...


John Malik | Posted 04.13.2013 | Taste
John Malik

Standing out in a crowd of well-known, fund-raising, BBQ aficionados can be a challenge. Jeff Bannister likes to stand out in a crowd, which is how he ended up cooking a whole steer.

I'm Running for Penn State

Bob McKinnon | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Bob McKinnon

Those who went to Penn State know Penn State. It's time make sure that the world knows the real story about our school. One that respects our past, responds to our failings and restores our cherished reputation.