We are all in favor of eliminating unnecessary suffering. Poverty and famine have received billions in aid over the years. What if you could help 200 million people worldwide who suffer needlessly from chronic pain and disease, blindness and hearing loss, shortened life span, depression and suicide?
A World of Neglect
Though conditions vary for people with intellectual disabilities worldwide, many have little or no access to health care that could drastically improve or even save their lives. Since 1997, Special Olympics has been reaching out to this neglected population through its Healthy Athletes program, offering health screenings in seven medical disciplines to athletes at local, regional and World Games competitions.
In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.