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Special Olympics Research

Research can be a powerful tool for Special Olympics Programs interested in sharing the impact of their programming, encouraging others to get engaged, securing partnerships, informing legislative bodies and creating evidence-based programming. Discover more and share with your community.

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Attitudes Research

These resources can be used by Program team members to educate others on why and how Special Olympics changes attitudes. This is at the crux of the Special Olympics movement and a focus area in the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

Sports Research

Sports is at the foundation of the Special Olympics movement. Use these resources to share more about the impact of sports.

Unified Sports Research

Special Olympics is activating people to #PlayUnified in order to live unified. Share these resources demonstrating the many impacts of Unified Sports.

Health Research

These resources show the disparities people with intellectual disabilities face in wellness and access to health care, and the positive impact Special Olympics is having on these issues.

Unified Strategy

Learn and share how Special Olympics is working toward communities where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in all school activities, opportunities and functions leading to long-term societal change.

Young Athletes Research

Employ the research conducted on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program, which engages children with ID between the ages of 2 and 7 in a sport and play program with a focus on motor skills development.

Families Research

Families are essential to the Special Olympics movement, and share the research that shows how Special Olympics positively contributes to family members of athletes, too.

Demographics Research

Families are essential to the Special Olympics movement, and share the research that shows how Special Olympics positively contributes to family members of athletes, too.