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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes lives through sport.
By Astrid Moritz
I am Sebastian Palmeri’s mother and I feel like the mother of a rock star. My son has become a real winner and this has only happened since we found out about Special Olympics.
Victor L. Brown
The head coach of a pro floorball team got a new point of view of the Jamaica Maroons floorball team.
Thoughtful and powerful comments by John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete from Virginia, were published on Huffington Post today.
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Rose Marie Garrett
I am 17, and my 15-year-old brother has Asperger's syndrome. He has been bullied his entire life.
My sister was diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Development Disorder she also has Autism. She has trouble learning, but she always knows to be nice to people. She also has trouble in social situations but knows to be nice to others.
I pledge to end the r word because i have developmental disabilities and its a word that just shouldnt be used to describe someone who has dd and the word needs to end
Katie McGinty Botha
Violet, my friend's sister is a very wonderful girl. But she has been called the R-Word.
People with developemental disabilities have the same feelings, just like you and I.
I was born with a lazy eye and later had to wear glasses with a red patch over my good eye.
Stephen F. Coston
On a Saturday in March at Hudson Lanes in Jersey City, two Special Olympics bowlers from NJ competed dramatically, as if both were in the Professional Bowlers Tour.
my aunt is handicapped. People say she is worthless and use that word in front of her and it hurts me. She is unique and very intelligent. People need to realize that everyone is different so get over it.
My Aunt Gina was born with Downs in 1953. My grandmother was told she would never amount to anything. Well, that was the biggest misconception ever!
I will remember this day clearly, as if it just occurred. My younger brother was about 10 at the time, and we were riding home from school with my mom.
My mother taught us from toddler on that the r-word was not used in our home.
My youngest brother has Down syndrome and is the light of my life. He inspired me to seek a career in working with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Kristin Hughes Srour
At a Special Olympics camp held near Transylvania, Romania, a little girl sprints with a personality larger than life. Maria only moves at one speed—fast.
Leslie at BoulderShares