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

By Mary Ellen Bogucki The start of 2019 had me reflecting on my daughter, Bree’s journey living with Autism. When I started writing these blogs a few years ago, my goal was to share our story in hopes that some of our experiences could inspire and help others. That is still my goal, that with each new experience Bree has, someone else can grow too. I am far from an expert, but I know how […]

Powerful Words: Challenged by a Moment

 Posted By Theresa Fitzpatrick The following post was written by Tim Shriver, co-founder of the Spread the Word campaign. In March of 2009, Tim and co-founder Soeren Palumbo, created this annual day of awareness that continues to be led by passionate young people, Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the world. When I was in first grade, Loretta Claiborne came to visit my class. She showed us her gold medals from Special Olympics […]

Golisano News – Rochester Pediatric Dentist Dr. Abrahim Caroci to Receive Special Olympics 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award for New York State

Rochester Pediatric Dentist Dr. Abrahim Caroci to Receive Special Olympics 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award for New York State  Foundation Director Ann Costello to Present the Award Sat. Dec. 8th at Jacob K. Javitz Center in NYC  Dr. Caroci Is One of Only 109 Globally to be Honored with this Year’s Golisano Award Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman and Golisano Foundation Executive Director Ann Costello announced today that Rochester, NY pediatric […]

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

By Mary Ellen Bogucki PART TWO Recently, while attending the Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational in Santo Domingo, I took notice of the theme on the back of many t-shirts–“Stand Up For Inclusion!” I realized how important the Inclusion Revolution movement truly is and I recognized the time is now to STAND UP for inclusion! I understood this because there was a video that went viral showing a 14-year old boy with cerebral palsy being […]

Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress… a New Way of Thinking! #StandUpforInclusion-SantoDomingo

By Mary Ellen Bogucki PART ONE A few months ago, I wrote about the “Inclusion Revolution” and the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration. While we were at the 50th celebration, my daughter Bree had the great honor of meeting Cándida Montilla de Medina, the First Lady of the Dominican Republic. We also had the privilege of hearing the First Lady, who is a psychologist, speak and describe all of the positive work she is doing […]

Special Olympics Ireland and Trinity College Dublin Partner to offer Online Training to Allied Health Professionals

Special Olympics Ireland and Trinity College Dublin Partner to offer Online Training to Allied Health Professionals A free online training course is now available from the Trinity Center for Aging and Intellectual Disability thanks to a partnership between Trinity College Dublin and Special Olympics Ireland. The course is for all allied health workers (doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dentists, pharmacists, etc.) and provides an opportunity to understand the health needs of older adults with intellectual disabilities […]

Healthy Athletes at Special Olympics Games

People with intellectual disabilities (ID)—difficulty with thinking, learning, remembering, and reasoning—experience poorer access to quality health care and have poorer health outcomes than people without ID. Learn how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with Special Olympics to improve the health of people with ID. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, has made a positive difference in the lives of countless people with disabilities in the U.S. The […]

Smithsonian Highlights Special Olympics History and Athletes

“Special Olympics at 50” Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in Sports The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open “Special Olympics at 50” July 10, a new display showcasing 50 years of Special Olympics. Founded at a time when people with intellectual disabilities (ID) were often institutionalized or hidden away, Special Olympics changes attitudes about the abilities and talents of children and adults with ID—giving them the chance to train their bodies, build confidence, meet […]

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

By Mary Ellen Bogucki Recently, my daughter Bree competed in the Special Olympics Illinois Summer State Games. Bree has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years. This year’s Summer Games were bittersweet for us, because Bree will be attending college in another state in the fall and will be unable to complete in Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games for a few years. The decision to have her go to Tennessee Wesleyan University was not […]

A Lifetime Of Good Health

In recent years, Health Promotion has been spreading outside the screening “tent” and to the field of play and community with Special Olympics Athletes serving as health leaders. BY PEYTON PURCELL, MPH Like any athlete, Special Olympics athletes who are fit, at a healthy weight, have strong bone density and normal blood pressure are better able to compete in their sport, contribute at work and enjoy activities in their daily lives. But people with intellectual […]