American Association On Health And Disability

Dedicated to better health for children and adults with disabilities through health promotion and wellness. SUBMISSIONS REQUESTED BY SPECIAL OLYMPICS INTERNATIONAL (SOI) From your colleagues at AAHD. Please feel free to circulate to your constituents and colleagues. Breast cancer is a major public health concern for all women, including women with disabilities. Women with disabilities are as likely to get breast cancer as women in the general population, yet, women with disabilities often face physical, cultural and attitudinal […]


Improving Health Worldwide To The Most Underserved

People with intellectual disabilities face health care providers who don’t have the knowledge or willingness to treat them. Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with ID are often denied health services. BY KRISTIN HUGHES SROUR, MBA If you want to help straighten her bones, dig a hole in the ground, have your daughter stand in it and then pack it with soil. Do this every day for six hours. This was the advice […]



KEEPERS OF THE FLAME: North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Duer (right) President of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association who ran the North Caldwell to Little Falls leg, with his longtime friend and Special Olympian Michael John Sabato (left) . The 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run took place on Friday, June 9th as more than 3,000 officers took to the streets of their local communities on one of 26 separate routes to help carry […]


AMERICA’S TOOTHFAIRY – National Children’s Oral Health Foundation

BY JILL MALMGREN Did you know that pediatric dental disease is the most common, chronic disease among children in the U.S.? More common even than asthma or diabetes? More than 40 percent of children experience tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten, and the decay rate for children with special needs is even higher. Because tooth decay affects millions of children, it is easy to believe cavities are inevitable and just a normal part […]


The New Generation Of Disability-Competent Dentists

BY DAVID FRAY DDS AND LARA E. RANEY The scarcity of dental providers is attributed to insufficient education in dental schools regarding treatment methods and unique needs of persons with developmental disabilities. Adults with special needs have long been one of the most under treated populations in dentistry. Many pediatric dentists are well equipped to treat children with special needs, but most general dentists are either untrained or unwilling to treat adults due to their […]


A Second Opinion Can Change The Game

BY STEPHANIE CORKETT SPECIAL SMILES AND LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL OPENING EYES HAVE HELPED MAKE SPECIAL OLYMPICS THE LARGEST GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SERVING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the over 1.7 million athletes screened by the Special Olympics Health Program. In 1993, when Rosemary Kennedy went for her routine dentist visit in Wisconsin, her team of dentists recommended removal of all her […]


Champions of unity at Papillion-La Vista South

Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver presents a banner PLV South graduate Rachel Mulligan, along wtih current students and Unified Sports athletes, recognizing Papillion-La Vista South High School as a National Unified Champion School Tuesday morning. Photo by Rachel George The writer is international chairman of Special Olympics. A month ago, in my role as chairman of Special Olympics, I visited Papillion-La Vista South High School in Nebraska to celebrate an America we don’t often see. […]


Building Healthy & Inclusive Communities

Throughout Healthy Communities, Special Olympics seeks to collaborate with mission-aligned organizations that often traditionally miss the population that Special Olympics serves. Special Olympics has set a goal of having 100 locations recognized as Healthy Communities by 2020. When Kenny Canon’s pain resulted in a trip to the emergency room, his mother began to worry. “He had toothaches, was in a lot of pain and said he was dizzy,” said Kenny’s mother, Shirley. “He told me […]


Realizing A Dream

THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS ALASKA SPORTS, HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER BY J. GLENN M. ROSWAL In 2014, Special Olympics Alaska opened the doors to the latest phase of the Special Olympics Alaska Sports, Health, and Wellness Center, an incredible 28,000 square foot facility in Anchorage, Alaska, which is a part of the Special Olympics Alaska Athlete Training Center and Camp. The Center is an $8 million facility which includes a 20,000-square foot multi-purpose high school size […]


Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! – #Learning

  Learning….I think the first thing we needed to learn was that Bree was not going to be like her older brother and sister. My son, Daniel, was my first born and his sisters hate that he earned the title the “easy one” but, that was what he was. He had an easy going personality early on and he excelled in school right away. My second born Kailey, began by teaching me life is not […]