The issue of inclusion

Since the inception of Special Olympics, some disability rights advocates have not been supportive of the Games, viewing them as segregating athletes with cognitive impairments and treating them in a childlike way.

Special Olympics has tried to address those concerns by creating Unified Sports teams, which include both disabled and non-disabled “partner” athletes.

The organization has also broadened beyond sports, to include the Healthy Athletes program and a political movement to ban the "r" word.

We asked some of the Special Olympics staff, coaches, parents and one athlete about the issue. Here are their responses:


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