Healthy Athletes Resources

The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities.


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Healthy Athletes’ influence is evident with more than 120,000 healthcare professionals trained, free health screenings provided to nearly 1.4 million athletes, and 90,000 free pairs of eyeglasses given to athletes. Healthy Athletes continues to grow each year with help from a global network of volunteers, in-kind donations and other financial support.

For more information, contact Lynn Erickson (lerickson@specialolympics.org), Manager, Health Communications.


Healthy Athletes News and Stories


Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Bringing Advocacy to Action: Special Olympics and the Secretariat for the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities

By David Evangelista

As follow up to the African Leaders Forum on Disability, Special Olympics has begun discussions with the Secretariat for the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities (SADPD). Special Olympics and View Story As follow up to the African Leaders Forum on Disability, Special Olympics has begun discussions with the Secretariat for the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities (SADPD). Special Olympics and the SADPD are working together to bolster the level of government awareness, and action, in support of people with intellectual disabilities, and have committed to collaborating on the promotion of the Lilongwe Declaration and the development of the African Leaders Alliance on Intellectual Disability, an emerging coalition led by HE President Joyce Banda of Malawi. As part of the initial exploratory meeting, Special Olympics and the SADPD spoke with Beyond 2015, a civil society campaign pushing for a strong successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Special Olympics and the SADPD impressed upon the group the importance of ensuring that the next set of MDGs targets the most marginalized groups, ensuring equity and increased impact across all development indicators.

About David Evangelista:I serve as Vice President, Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics International
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

“You just gave me a chance for a better, more comfortable life”

By Lynn Erickson

Janusz Szkurłat, pictured, shares how his life changed. “I’m very grateful and would like to [say] thanks for the gift. Thanks to the hearing aids I feel better during the competitions or training sessions, I have better contact with friends and colleagues. I am confident. I’m very glad that [the] aids are very small and do not bother me in my daily life. The best thing is that nobody notices I have them! Once more thank you!”

Two of our athletes from Poland found themselves in a situation many Special Olympics athletes encounter when they – like 1 in every 4 Special Olympics athletes worldwide – failed a hearing examinatioView Story Two of our athletes from Poland found themselves in a situation many Special Olympics athletes encounter when they – like 1 in every 4 Special Olympics athletes worldwide – failed a hearing examination.  Marcin Marcin and Janusz Szkurlat then had another shared experience: they received the follow-up care they needed quickly. The two had taken part in a free health screening at a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes clinic. Following the clinic, Special Olympics Poland worked with partner Hear the World Foundation to ensure athletes who had failed hearing examinations at the clinic received the follow-up care they needed. Miernik and Szkurlat both received hearing aids. “I would like to thank you for the hearing aids, which not only gave me confidence, increased sense of safety, but mainly greatly facilitated contacts in my work and with my friends,” Miernik said. “You just gave me a chance for a better, more comfortable life. Thank you.”

About Lynn Erickson:Manager, Health Communications for Special Olympics
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Special Olympics at UN for Down Syndrome Day

By Lynn Aylward

Drew Boshell, Special Olympics Senior Director of Global Community Health Programs, will be among the presenters at the 3rd Annual World Down Syndrome Day Conference at United Nations headquarters in View Story Drew Boshell, Special Olympics Senior Director of Global Community Health Programs, will be among the presenters at the 3rd Annual World Down Syndrome Day Conference at United Nations headquarters in New York City on Friday, March 21. The theme of this year's conference is particularly close to Special Olympics' heart: "Health and Well-being - Access and Equality for All." Boshell will speak about Special Olympics' work on health, addressing how people with Down syndrome and other disabilities often get misdiagnosed, not taken seriously, or even refused treatment because health professionals may not have adequate training in meeting the health needs of people with disabilities. You can still register to attend the Conference, either in person or on-line. Registration is easy and free and you can do it here: http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/world-down-syndrome-day-conference-2014-health-wellbeing-registration-form

About Lynn Aylward:I work on communications for Special Olympics.
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Healthy Athletes Events


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May 21 - 23 2014

Healthy Athletes Clinic - Paraguay

Special Olympics Paraguay´s Healthy Athletes Clinic will receive and estimate of 800 athletes from Special Education Institutions and Sports Club of the capital city Asunción. The Healthy Athletes Clinic will offer health screenings to the athletes in the areas of: MedFest (sports physical exam), Fit Feet (podiatry), Opening Eyes (vision) and Health Promotion (better health and well-being).
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Centro de Educación Inclusiva N.1 Máximo ArellanoAsunción
PARAGUAY

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