CHARTS AND GRAPHICS
Use and customize these charts and graphs to help illustrate some key research findings.
- Families Key Findings Image (JPG): Download a jpeg of the key findings and associated sources.
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 Families (PDF): This one pager provides the most compelling data points about Special Olympics families in easy-to-use bullet points and infographics.
- Why Research Families (PDF): Families are an important source of support for people with intellectual disabilities, many of whom continue to live with their families into adulthood.
- Benefits of Special Olympics to the Family (PDF): Evaluations have found that Special Olympics creates family networks, strengthens family relationships, raises expectations and builds knowledge.
- Families - Key Findings (PDF): This section highlights some key findings across the research such as the majority of families report attending competitions and 75% of parents in the United States said that Special Olympics had a positive impact on their social relationships outside the family.
Access research articles that go into more detail on some of the findings shared in the overview section.
- The Positive Contributions of Special Olympics to the Family (web page): Findings from this qualitative study can be used to draw two conclusions: Special Olympics connects families and builds networks, as well as the organization provides athletes and families with normative life experiences that are critical to healthy development.
- Evaluation of Young Athletes Program 2006 (web page): Findings in Azerbaijan, Chile, Israel, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, United States and Venezuela indicate that Young Athletes has a significant impact on both the young people who participate and their parents, sometimes in unintended ways.
- Young Athletes Globalization Project: Final Report (PDF): Findings released in 2014 from Kenya, Tanzania, Venezuela and Romania show that, similar to the results from earlier U.S. studies, children participating in Young Athletes experienced significant improvements in motor skills.