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Achieving Your Best: On the Field and Off

People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are accomplishing more than anyone ever thought possible, as Special Olympics athletes prove every day around the world.

BY Contributed by Special Olympics | October 2019 | Category: Employment & Transition

Achieving Your Best: On the Field and Off

Yet, not that long ago, attitudes were very different. When Eunice Kennedy Shriver wanted to create a summer camp for young people with ID, she was told myth after myth, including that physical exertion might even be harmful for people with ID. Later, when she wanted to hold a “Special Olympics” in Chicago that would include swimming, organizers heard more myths, including that people with Down syndrome had “negative buoyancy”—and would drop in the water like rocks.

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