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Special Olympics

Mind the Gap: Healthcare Costs Are Unaffordable for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Janet Froetscher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

People with intellectual disabilities get less and lower quality health care -- or no health care. They experience much higher rates of preventable disease, chronic pain and premature death.

Belated But Essential Steps to Respect

Rachel Adams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Rachel Adams

When the people we entrust with our health and wellbeing use the term "retarded," they grant legitimacy to a word that has been deemed offensive by the culture at large. They cause harm to the very people they have pledged to heal.

Eleanor Goldberg

JFK's Sister's Lobotomy Was 'Tragic Choice,' New Book About Disabilities Reveals

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact

There was no shortage of distinguished politicians, journalists and dignitaries traipsing through Tim Shriver’s Maryland home when he was growing up...

Here's When It's OK To Use The 'R-Word' In 1 Nifty Chart

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact

It may seem harmless, perfectly acceptable even, considering that the "R-word" is in the dictionary and even once was used to describe a medical condi...

My School Found a Way to Make Students With Disabilities Feel Included

Tom Ledcke | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Tom Ledcke

Social inclusion is the next major step in realizing an education dream that promises to serve every child equally.

No One Should Have to Go Through the Bullying That I Did

Elena Delle Donne | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Elena Delle Donne

No one should ever experience being bullied. It's a cowardly action that unfortunately occurs all too often in our schools. According to the National ...

"My Brother Is Not Less Than" Just Because He's Autistic

Kenny Brown | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Kenny Brown

When a student walked past my brother and yelled the "r-word" (retard) at Kevin and his classmates, I knew I had to stand up for my brother. I avoided physical confrontation, but I used my most powerful weapon -- my voice.

At Homecoming, These Teens Proved Friendship Goes Beyond Intellectual Disability

Abigail Abel | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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.

Meet An Inspiring Former Special Olympics Athlete From 'The Specials'

OWN | Posted 09.05.2014 | OWN

Megan, Sam, Hilly, Lucy, and Lewis are five childhood friends with intellectual disabilities who live together in Brighton, UK. The ups and downs they...

New Report by AbilityPath Helps Families With Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Special Needs

Alexis Wineman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Alexis Wineman

While I am thankful my family and I were able to successfully navigate the transition into adulthood after high school graduation, it wasn't without its challenges.

How Challenged Have You Ever Really Been?

David Sable | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
David Sable

Imagine now, if you will, a world where people with intellectual disabilities lead the way, teaching us all that winning is often just about playing and that a smile and a hug never lose.

President Obama Honors Special Olympics Athletes For 'Overcoming Obstacles With Love And Kindness'

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their ...

Obama Doesn't Like Katy Perry -- He LOVES Her

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

We have an important clarification to make: President Barack Obama doesn't like Katy Perry. He LOVES her. HuffPost's Jen Bendery was the pool ...

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.

Reflecting on Inspirational Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Sweeney

The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games have just concluded and I applaud all of the event organizers, volunteers, supporters, and especially the athletes, for making this an amazing event.

Olympic Day, Olympic Values and Sport for All Abilities

Eli Wolff | Posted 08.24.2014 | Sports
Eli Wolff

While Sport for All does promote an inclusive message, an important dimension seems to be missing from the Sport for All mission that lies at the core purpose of Olympic Day and Sport for All -- all abilities.

Youth Leaders Are Fighting for Social Justice and Inclusion Through Sports

Connor Moore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Connor Moore

Special Olympics is the quintessential social justice movement. There was a problem -- people with intellectual disabilities were marginalized and treated unfairly -- and now there is a solution.

Inspired at the Special Olympics USA Games 2014

Ed Tseng | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Ed Tseng

I have been a volunteer tennis coach for the Special Olympics in Mercer County, New Jersey for over 10 years, and I can confidently say that it has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life.

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.

Respect Is the New R-Word

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Ann Margaret Carrozza

New York State is one of only a handful of states that has not removed the archaic terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from its laws. ...

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."