Special Olympics is an international organization that offers year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). The organization now extends far beyond these activities, however, and is a self-declared global social movement, advocating broadly for the needs and interests of persons with ID and their families. It aims to make lasting positive change for individuals with ID and promotes their acceptance and inclusion in communities. This entry includes a brief history of Special Olympics and describes some current Special Olympics programs and initiatives.

Brief History of Special Olympics

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In 1962, Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for individuals with ID called Camp Shriver. She was committed to improving the lives of people with ID, ...

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