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.
Charts and Graphs
Use and customize these charts and graphs to help illustrate some key research findings.
Utilize additional research-related resources that may be helpful for your Program.
Share evidence of Special Olympics’ impact through these summaries of Special Olympics research that include ready-to-share printouts designed for Programs.
- Best Stats for Health: This one-pager provides the most compelling data points about Special Olympics health programming in easy-to-use bullet points and infographics.
- Why Research Health: Health impacts every Special Olympics athlete's ability to train and compete in sports effectively, and despite severe need and higher health risks, people with ID are denied health services, have limited access to community health interventions, and experience a lack of targeted health interventions and programs.
- Healthy Athletes Data: Special Olympics has provided more than 1.6 million health exams to Special Olympics athletes and the data show the alarming gaps in the healthcare of people with ID.
- Measuring Impact: Special Olympics' health work is impacting healthcare professionals, families, athletes, eventually impacting communities as a whole.
- Health Research - Key Findings: Across societies, people are reporting positive responses to Special Olympics health work, including 84% of healthcare providers who feel better prepared to treat people with ID as a result of volunteering with Healthy Athletes.
- 2014 Healthy Athletes Report: Access a report of data that is collected through Special Olympics Healthy Athletes events that summarizes key health indicators, displays ways in which data is used, and includes information on how to gain access to data for external research use.
- Healthy Athletes Prevalence Report, 2015: This report provides updated information based on data collected from Healthy Athletes events in 2015. It summarizes the prevalence of key health indicators among athletes. It provides data visualization for all of these key indicators. The report demonstrates the various ways in which data are used. It includes information on how to gain access to data for external research.
Access research articles that go into more detail on some of the findings shared in the overview section.