The vision of the Special Olympics Health program, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, is to create a future world where people with intellectual disabilities have the same opportunities to be as healthy as people without intellectual disabilities and, in doing so, Special Olympics athletes can perform to their best on and off the playing field. Over the next 5 years, Special Olympics is working to create 100 Healthy Communities around the world – working toward increasing access to health care and improving health status of people with intellectual disabilities.
Interested in learning more? Contact Kristin Hughes Srour, Director of Special Olympics Global Health Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Access materials designed to give users an overview of Healthy Communities and year-round health programming. Learn how Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® events and Healthy Communities programming are closely-linked and complementary for maximum impact on the health and well-being of athletes.
1 Year Grants
Learn how your Program can lead the way in changing the healthcare system for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics goal is to reach 100 Programs recognized as Healthy Communities by 2020.
3 Year Grants
Please note that Programs with demonstrated success in 1-year Healthy Community Grants and/or proven success in health programming will be selected to apply for 3-year Healthy Community Grants. Please contact your Regional Healthy Athletes Manager if you are interested in receiving a 3-year Healthy Communities Grant.
Visit this frequently-updated site to access the latest materials developed and shared by and with Special Olympics Programs that are working within their communities and with partners to break down barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities when seeking access to quality health care, services and education.
Download materials on follow-up care - or what happens after a Healthy Athletes exam – which is an essential component of Healthy Communities programming.
Access tools for athletes, coaches and families related to self-advocacy, education and community activation.
Special Olympics global health work would not be possible without the thousands of health care professionals and students who volunteer and who share they increase their understanding and skills because of their involvement with Special Olympics.
Branding and Data
Share evidence of Special Olympics’ impact. Special Olympics is the largest global public health organization dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities, and our data clearly indicates a need for societies to do more.
Special Olympics Health program is made possible by many dedicated partners and volunteers. Learn more about some of our partners here.
Healthy Athletes events are essential to a Program becoming a Healthy Community. Healthy Athletes events provide free health exams to athletes in more than 130 countries.
Champions for Inclusive Health
Find resources for holding a Champions for Inclusive Health meeting in your state or country. Please note that these resources are being developed collaboratively by SOI, SO British Columbia, SO Indiana and SO Nebraska and are still a work in progress.
Evaluation of Healthy Community Pilot Programs: 2012-2015