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December 19, 2013 | North America: District of Columbia

US Assistant Secretary of Labor Points to Achievements of Special Olympics Athletes

By Lynn Aylward

US Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathleen Martinez has penned a great blog on how sports, a cultural force engrained in the American psyche, is a powerful change agent, impacting perceptions about and achievements of people with disabilities. Martinez writes about the new campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) to highlight the talents of people with disabilities. PBATS are the people who will soon (OK, it's not even the first day of winter yet but we can dream) be getting the players from all 30 major league baseball clubs back in shape at Spring Training. Martinez, who didn't let being blind drydock her from learning to sail as a teen, cites Special Olympics data that show that 52 percent of US adult Athletes are employed, compared to an estimated employment rate of around 10 percent for adults with intellectual disabilities in general.

About Lynn Aylward: Lynn Aylward works on communications at Special Olympics International.

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