Special Olympics Florida

Intellectual Disabilities

2014 State Summer Games: The Ultimate Experience

Posted on May 22, 2014 | Posted in Intellectual DisabilitiesSports

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At Special Olympics, while athletes are the heart of our organization our volunteers are its backbone. Each competition requires a host of responsibilities including our annual State Summer Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports where more than 4,000 volunteers dedicate their weekend to make our games a success. One of those volunteers, Skylar, shares his experiences as a volunteer and spectator during this busy competition.

The 2014 Special Olympics Florida Summer Games was truly an inspiring and fulfilling experience as more than 1,800 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities competed for a chance to take home the gold in their respected competitions. Read More »

Autism is Speaking & We Are Listening: YAP, Autism & You!

Posted on April 1, 2014 | Posted in Intellectual DisabilitiesYoung Athletes

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Incorporating physical activity into young children’s lives is the key to creating a foundation of movement and activity that they will carry with them into their futures. Physical activity is essential for children with and without special needs alike as it promotes a healthy lifestyle, but can benefit children with autism in extraordinary ways. Read More »

DD Day Makes a Difference

Posted on March 7, 2014 | Posted in Intellectual Disabilities

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The following is a guest post from Barbara Palmer, Executive Director for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Every March, representatives from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and other stakeholders head to the Capitol for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day) to advocate for our customers.  We encourage our customers to advocate for themselves by meeting with legislators, too.  DD Day is important because we get individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and stakeholders to rally together and talk about legislative issues that affect their lives. Read More »