Share evidence of Special Olympics’ impact through these summaries of Special Olympics research that include ready-to-share printouts designed for Programs.
- Why Research Attitudes: Attitude change is at the crux of the Special Olympics movement. Read this short overview to help explain why it's so important that Special Olympics research attitudes.
- Public Attitudes Toward People with Intellectual Disabilities: Due to the impact that public attitudes have on the lives of people with ID, documenting these attitudes has been one of the cornerstones of Special Olympics research. Since 2001, surveys of public attitudes have been conducted in 14 countries representing all Special Olympics regions. Discover more in this summary of several studies.
- Changing Attitudes through Special Olympics: Evaluations have found that Special Olympics programs are changing the attitudes of parents, athletes, health care professionals, students, and the general public. For example, one evaluation in Austria, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia found that the majority of Unified football partners felts that their understanding of people with ID improved after their participation (79%).
- Attitude Research - Key Findings: Despite 85% of people with intellectual disabilities being only mildly impaired, there is a widespread belief that people with ID are not capable of doing things such as playing inclusive sports and attending inclusive schools.