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More than 50 years ago, Special Olympics launched a global movement to break down barriers and end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. Since then, this peaceful revolution has been changing lives all around the world. Join “The Revolution Is Inclusion” now—and be part of a powerful new generation that celebrates ALL abilities!

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Special Olympics: 50 Game Changers
ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up on a year-long storytelling initiative telling the stories of game changing moments toward inclusion. Check back each week for a new story of inclusion.
Kayla McKeon
Kayla McKeon is changing laws and attitudes as the first registered lobbyist with Down syndrome. As the Manager of Grassroots Advocacy with the National Down Syndrome Society, Kayla brings her personal story to the Nation’s Capital.
Rodney Hankins and Sam Perkins
Growing up, Sam Perkins and Rodney Hankins developed a close bond playing sports on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, dreaming of becoming world champions. It wasn’t until Sam saw Rodney competing at a Special Olympics event that he realized his friend had an intellectual disability—and his attitude towards people with intellectual disabilities was changed forever.
Karen and Violet
When Karen’s daughter, Violet, was born with an intellectual disability she didn’t know what to expect. Today, Karen is leading the charge to bring inclusive sport and play to children and their families through the Special Olympics Young Athletes program. Follow Karen and Violet as they open a bright new world of possibility for children of all abilities!
Jonny Pierce
Jonny Pierce is record-breaking swimmer who exemplifies the talent and dedication it takes to be an exceptional competitor. As a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of the US National Paralympic swim team, Jonny is changing perceptions about the talent of people with intellectual disabilities around the world.
As we move forward, we need to know you’re with us. Be a revolutionary and help end discrimination against people with Intellectual Disabilities.
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?
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.
Television, politics, entertainment, business, sports and family tables all show that we are so deeply divided we’re giving up on each other.
Shared by Crystal Hudson
Teri Burtis has been raising funds and awareness in support of her participation in the 2019 Over the Edge event for Special Olympics Maryland.
Shared by Julie Oltmann
“I am able to see more, behind the scenes, which enables me to understand more of what’s in front of me”
Shared by Antonio Myers
InclusiveU at Syracuse University wants students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have fully inclusive access to college.
Shared by Randy White
Adults with intellectual disabilities often struggle to find work. So a group of Connecticut families started a cafe named BeanZ & Co. to tackle the problem head-on.
Shared by Alex Ross
Sydney had seen posters around the school promoting Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS), but she didn’t know anything about the program.
Shared by Julie Oltmann
As the world rallies around Global Handwashing Day, it is important to bring awareness to those who face barriers and challenges around hygiene and handwashing.
Shared by Stephanie Corkett
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is one of the best players in all of football.
Shared by Mike Molly
Lawrence Guy walked by nearly 30 poster boards Friday morning at Bridgewater State University, looking intently at the photos and information on each one.
Shated by James Bell
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 Jessica Charles
Meet Caroline Casey. Her company is #valuable. Ring a bell? That's probably because this long-time rebel is absolutely fine with courting controversy and even happier making news globally for doing so.
Shared by Denise Absher
Track and field stories, in their simplest form, boil down to times, and distances, comparison and competition, personal gains and personal glory.
Shared by Carolyn Phillips
This year all of us who are part of the Special Olympics movement are proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary, and it is well worth remembering that our origins were during a divisive time in our nation’s history...
Shared by Crystal Hudson
Winning gave me the energy and drive to continue on this sporting journey, to fulfil my fullest potential. At the 2018 Special Olympics National Games in Riau, I won two silver medals in bocce in the singles and doubles categories. It felt extraordinary to achieve success at the national level.
Shared by Genevieve Jiang
If too many things stimulate his mind at one time, he has a difficult time calming down. But when he jumped into Clear Lake in West Branch on Friday, Aug. 14, all of those challenges washed away.
Shared by Wendy Carpenter
This Unified pair from Maui High School, Hawaii had the opportunity to attend the Youth Leadership Experience as part of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.
Shared by Elise Calanni
After years of adapting her daughter’s clothing to meet the girl’s needs, Nikki Green started a clothing line for children with disabilities.
Shared by Nikki
InclusiveU at Syracuse University wants students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have fully inclusive access to college.
Shared by Crystal Troxel
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