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How Special Olympics Florida’s Fall Classic Promotes Inclusion Through Sports

Posted on November 10, 2015 | Posted in Health ProgramsSportsYoung Athletes

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The following is a guest post from Herley Pellew, Manager of Special Olympics Florida’s Project UNIFY. 

Special Olympics Florida Fall Classic is the culminating celebration and competition for athletes, partners, and coaches participating in bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, and unified flag football. Fall Classic takes place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 13th-14th.  With the additions of cheerleading and flag football to this year’s festivities, 2015 Fall Classic will have over 2,200 total athletes, partners, and coaches attending and sets itself up to be the biggest one yet. Aside from the numerous competitions simultaneously taking place, Healthy Athletes will also be conducting health screenings for all participants. Healthy Athletes will be able to conduct screenings in all six disciplines due to the generosity of over 450 health professional volunteering for this event. Screenings will be conducted in Fun Fitness, Fit, Feet, Healthy Hearing, Heathy Promotions, Opening Eyes, and Special Smiles.

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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 »