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For 50 years, Special Olympics has been building a movement to break down barriers – both on and off the field in health and education – all through the power of sport. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we launch a 5-year campaign to inspire action and ultimately end discrimination for people with Intellectual Disabilities. The Revolution Is Inclusion.

Special Olympics: 50 Game Changers
ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up on a year-long storytelling initiative telling the stories of game changes and game changing moments toward inclusion. Check back each week for a new story of inclusion.
People with intellectual disabilities are changing hearts and minds in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In March 2019 the UAE will host the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, the largest sport and humanitarian event of the year.
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In 2010, President Barack Obama signed “Rosa’s Law” which changed “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability” in US federal law. Inspired by nine year-old Rosa Marcellino, the law was a key component in the groundswell of advocacy efforts promoting inclusive, people first-language for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Malachie was found in a dark room, chained to a pole in a Tanzanian refugee camp. His life was changed when he was brought out of isolation and introduced to Special Olympics Unified Sports.
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Hannah and Daina found common ground through their passion for snowboarding and continue to grow their bond as they advocate for inclusion within the sport.
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As we move forward, we need to know you’re with us. Be a revolutionary and help end discrimination against people with Intellectual Disabilities.
INCLUSION IN ACTION
Revolutions are made up of real people. Learn how these people have made inclusion more than just a word, but a rule they their lives by.
Ponaganset Lead
Improving school culture with the power of inclusion.
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Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools looks to create more socially inclusive school environments around the country.
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About Intellectual Disabilities Lead
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities inspire us every day at events around the world. But what are intellectual disabilities?
INCLUSION AROUND THE WORLD
From kids to communities, see inspirational examples of how inclusion is taking root, and leading to real change, both at home and around the world.
Kent State is becoming the first school in NCAA history to sign a player with autism.
Parker Ramsdell
Special Olympics athletes who will represent Egypt in the World Summer Games to take place in Abu Dhabi in March next year made a lot of new friends when they opened their training camp at a Nasr City hotel.
Noha Gaballah
This week, the Parque del Este (Santo Domingo) hosts the Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational, which involves athletes, from special mental conditions, from around 30 countries.
Alice Cimino
My attempt started my freshman year of high school when I was given the opportunity to help make my school a Unified Champion School.
Hannah Roehrig
Kaylah dialed her brother (Kasim), a title far more important to her than “Maryland starting quarterback,” and asked how far he was from home.
Parker Ramsdell
The Special Olympics program in Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) has been run by the Rural Development Trust (RDT) since 2006.
Kabeer Arjun
What if I told you there was a place showcasing humanity’s best? There is such a place and that place is The Special Olympics.
Mike Groseclose
An inflatable bocce court makes the sport more accessible around the world.
James Heffield
The question isn’t whether we are a nation divided by anger and fear. The question is what we’re going to do about it.
Shared by Tim Shriver
Shared by Brian Gresham
Dozens of Special Olympics athletes brought their best soccer game to DeSales University.
Shared by Shawn Stephens
The Special Olympics program in Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) has been run by the Rural Development Trust (RDT) since 2006.
Shared by Kabeer Arjun
What if I told you there was a place showcasing humanity’s best? There is such a place and that place is The Special Olympics.
Shared by Mike Groseclose
Justin Gallegos has cerebral palsy, but that hasn't stopped him from pursuing his dream.
Shated by Mingwei Hsu
A senior project video by Rachel Boisvere that aims to help society understand that disabilities do not make people any different than everybody else.
Shared by Caitlin Nason
By lighting up RED for inclusion we are helping to bring urgency and awareness to the plight of people with Intellectual Disabilities around the world.
Shared by Nomthandazo Dladla
The Special Olympics has touched millions of lives for decades.
Shared by Stephanie Corkett
Special Olympics will make the UAE’s two most famous cities even better known.
Noha Gaballah
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