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April 20, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Philippines

Special Olympics Philippines Youth Leaders Profiled In Media

By Karyn Tan

Filipino Youth Leaders Brina Maxino (middle) and Sashi Montana (right)

Special Olympics Philippines' Youth Leaders Brina Maxino and Sashi Montana have been profiled by leading media in their country. Both are co-chairs of the Special Olympics Social Impact Summit, held during the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.View Story Special Olympics Philippines' Youth Leaders Brina Maxino and Sashi Montana have been profiled by leading media in their country. Both are co-chairs of the Special Olympics Social Impact Summit, held during the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015. Brina's story was featured in Stargate People Asia, a lifestyle magazine that profiles leaders in business, politics, entertainment, sports and the arts. Sashi's wushu skills and Special Olympics volunteer work was featured in CNN Philippines. The Summit will gather 150 global youth leaders and 30 global change mentors to discuss and learn skills, to activate youth audiences in their communities. 

About Karyn Tan :Communications Manager for the Asia Pacific region
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March 29, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

bullying

By fiona

i have two cousins with Down syndrome aged 16 and 12. They regularly hear "p*** off retard" at school from other students. They say it doesn't hurt them but it does, so we spoke to their parents to stop the bullying yesterday.View Story i have two cousins with Down syndrome aged 16 and 12. They regularly hear "p*** off retard" at school from other students. They say it doesn't hurt them but it does, so we spoke to their parents to stop the bullying yesterday.

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March 24, 2015 | SOI: Region Asia Pacific

Statement on the death of Singapore Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew

By Karyn Tan

Statement from Chief Regional Growth, Acting President & Managing Director of Special Olympics Asia Pacific, Dr. John Dow, Jr, on the death of Singapore Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.View Story Statement from Chief Regional Growth, Acting President & Managing Director of Special Olympics Asia Pacific, Dr. John Dow, Jr, on the death of Singapore Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. As the founding father, Mr. Lee was focused on the well-being of Singapore and its people; and has inspired many with his relentless dedication towards building Singapore into the cultural, economic and regional hub that she is today. On behalf of everyone at Special Olympics Asia Pacific, we offer our deepest condolences to Mr. Lee’s family and the people of Singapore during this sad time."

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March 19, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

World Winter Games 2017 Mascot Unveiled

By Suzanne Coogan

Lara and Luis - the winning design by Hanna Riebenbauer and Alexander Menzel, design students at the University of Applied Sciences in Styria.

The official Mascot for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 has been unveiled at a ceremony at Graz City Hall by Mayor of Graz Mr. Siegfried Nagl.View Story The official Mascot for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 has been unveiled at a ceremony at Graz City Hall by Mayor of Graz Mr. Siegfried Nagl. Designers from 10 countries submitted a total of 51 designs and a jury of 9 people including two Special Olympics athletes as well as a public vote selected the winning design. The winning Mascot-Lara and Luis-depicts two of Austria’s most celebrated animals, a deer and a badger, and is inspired by the Games slogan Heartbeat for the World. The two winning designers 23 yrs old Hanna Riebenbauer and Alexander Menzel, 26, are students of the University of Applied Sciences in Styria. Their design took two months to complete. “We wanted to take two animals that are dear to Austrian hearts and combine this with the meaning and spirit of Special Olympics. We hope that the World will take Special Olympics athletes to their hearts as well as Lara and Luis and celebrate the spirit and meaning of Special Olympics. We're really thrilled."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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March 06, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Intellectually impaired

By Uma Ramakrishnan

When you go to a restaurant you order something special. Its because you are bored to eat the same thing that you eat in your house. The only thing in life you don't want is a special need.View Story When you go to a restaurant you order something special. Its because you are bored to eat the same thing that you eat in your house. The only thing in life you don't want is a special need. Without ordering you are assigned by the omnipotent a special job to take care of the kids with special needs. My daughter Nanditha is a special needs child. But I have learned a lot from her. How to make others happy? The moment she sees some body sad she goes and pats on their shoulders and says don't worry I'm there for you. She always smiles and never frowns for anything.

About Uma Ramakrishnan:I'm the one destined by God to take care of my lovely kid Nanditha. Presently volunteering at Spastics Society of TamilNadu, India
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