Transformative Education

Special Olympics provides a platform through sports to help change the attitudes and perceptions of youth and young adults towards peers with intellectual disabilities. Through our programs Special Olympics is helping to solve the problem of isolation and misunderstanding in the classroom. Students with intellectual disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than peers without intellectual disabilities. Researchers found that the bullying in this context was chronic in nature and was likely to be directly related to their disability. (Walk a Mile in Their Shoes; AbilityPath.org, 2011)

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