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Special Olympics

Changing the Way the World Views People With Intellectual Disabilities

Brooklyn Decker | Posted 07.11.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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."

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.

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

Hannah Teter | Posted 05.04.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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.