Healthy Athletes® is the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities. Across the state, these Healthy Athletes initiatives are offered at several events, including Summer Games.
Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better healthcare than others, they typically receive sub-standard care, or virtually no healthcare at all. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities are at an increased risk for poorer health and preventable health conditions. In fact, in a large study of Special Olympics athletes:
Failed Hearing Tests
had untreated vision impairments
had one or more foot diseases or conditions
Males with low bone mineral density
females with low bone mineral density
A Special Thanks to...
- The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
- Virginia Dental Association Foundation
- James Madison University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Owens & Minor
- VCU Children's Hospital
- VCU School of Dentistry
- Lions Club International
- The CDC
- The Golisano Foundation
- Universal Leaf
- Virginia Tech Sports Medicine
Why is it important for those with intellectual disabilities?