Leading a Program

Get the key documents and other materials needed to run a program.

General Rules

General Rules guide the operation of Special Olympics on a day-to-day and strategic level.

Leadership Academy

The academy improves impact and performance of our leaders around the world through support, training and mentoring.

Program Quality Standards


Special Olympics Census collects valuable information about our athletes, coaches, leaders, volunteers and other programmatic components globally. Census is required to be submitted by every Special Olympics accredited Program on an annual basis. The resources below can be downloaded to assist Programs in completing their 2017 Census.

Program Research

Special Olympics has documented the need for its programming and its effects on athletes, families, volunteers, and others. Our carefully planned and academically rigorous research studies have discovered results that are sometimes surprising.


All the resources and forms you need to reapply for accreditation or become a Special Olympics accredited Program.

Program Profiles