Sports and wellness programs often (but unintentionally) fall short of including people with intellectual disabilities (ID), escalating that population’s already increased risk for health problems. Unified sports - athletes with ID playing on the same field at the same time as athletes without ID - can positively impact athletes’ lives and health off the field, whether or not they have ID. Learn what happens to the health of individuals and communities when you choose to include people with ID.

 

Questions

  1. How are people with intellectual disabilities systematically marginalized from wellness programs?
  2. Why is it important for sports and wellness programs include people with intellectual disabilities?
  3. How can wellness programs and providers empower people with intellectual disabilities to take leadership roles to improve fitness in their community?

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Stephanie Corkett, Manager, External Health Communications, Special Olympics International

 

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