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Sports, Autism and Special Olympics

Posted on April 1, 2015 | Posted in Athlete LeadershipAthlete Profiles

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The following is a guest post from Special Olympics Florida President/CEO Sherry Wheelock. 

Not only is April a big month for baseball, with Opening Day celebrated today in stadiums around the country, but April is also Autism Awareness Month, which makes it a perfect time to introduce you to one very accomplished Special Olympics athlete: Malcom.  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 »


President’s Message: Raise Your Voice

Posted on March 4, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

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March is a significant month for the Special Olympics movement. During March, we participate in the R-Word Campaign (March 5th) as well as Capitol Hill Day (March 12th) – two important events that come together and create a nation-wide platform for our collective voices.

Raising awareness for people-first language has always been a priority for Special Olympics Florida. That’s because Special Olympics is more than just sports. With a focus on physical, social and emotional development through sports, wellness and leadership training, Special Olympics Florida is part of a global movement dedicated to bringing tolerance and acceptance that will unify the world. Read More »