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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.
Milton Rosen, a Special Olympics athlete, formed a close bond with Dwayne Johnson during their childhood. As Rosen and Johnson continued to push each other to reach the top of their game, Rosen established himself as a powerlifting legend with Special Olympics Florida—and as a Game Changer in the lives of some of the world’s greatest athletes.
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People with intellectual disabilities are changing hearts and minds in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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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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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.
For the first time, I felt like my family was no longer ashamed of me.
Genevieve Jiang
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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.
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.
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.
Nikki
InclusiveU at Syracuse University wants students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have fully inclusive access to college.
Crystal Troxel
FromTED
As a mother with a son affected with Fragile X syndrome—a genetic disorder—Emilie Weight believes that a diagnosis of disability can create opportunity, not despair.
Merriam Winter
Gerald Mballe left war-torn Cameroon on a dinghy. Football played an indispensable role in integrating him into Italian society. Didier Drogba watched him at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
Brian Gresham
The Tuscaloosa City Schools’ program combines Special Olympics athletes, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and partners, individuals without intellectual disabilities, on teams for training and competition.
Jamie Booth
About a month ago, a Lexington gymnast returned home from Abu Dhabi after competing in the Special Olympics World Games.
Jennifer Wright
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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