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In every corner of the earth, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. These stories come from all around the world.
By Maureen Rabbitt
By Bettina Lehmann
By Suzanne Coogan
Special Olympics and The Rosetta Foundation, one of the world’s leading non-profit translation organizations, have renewed their partnership
The staff of Special Olympics Maryland was very excited to hear that Seattle, Washington was named host for the 2018 USA Games.
Special Olympics announced on 12 May that Seattle, Washington, USA, has been selected to host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.
By Atil Berk
Martha Jo Braycich
I know the people calling me the R-word coulden't come up with anything better. I told them to think first before they speak.
By Suzin Triolo
By Megan O'Donnell
By Maureen Clarke
By 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.
We live in an era where bullying has become public sport, where public figures and leaders from dozens of walks of life seem to believe that humiliation and viciousness are acceptable ways of communicating. Showtime’s comedy special, “I Agree with Myself,” includes Gary Owen’s disparaging use of the word “retarded” to describe his cousin with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics was named the Top Disability Organization in the prestigious Harris Poll 28th Annual EquiTrend Study released April 20.
As a young person, I used the word because I thought it was funny, but once my dad told me how one of his sisters was called by the "r-word" at school, it made me sick inside thinking about every time I said it.
By Leilani Gonzalez