Special Olympics Texas. Who do we serve?. The Spirit of Special Olympics. “ Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” --Athlete Oath. Special Olympics Mission.
Who do we serve?
“Let me win,
but if I cannot win,
let me be brave in the attempt.”
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes and the community.
To become the premier provider of Special Olympics training and competition in the world. We approach each endeavor with a single intent – to improve the quality of life for our athletes. The challenges of the future are embraced with enthusiasm and commitment, ensuring that the changing face and needs of our athletes are met.
Down Syndrome is the most common and readily
identifiable chromosomal condition associated with mental retardation. Caused by a chromosomal abnormality: for some unexplained reason, an accident in cell development results in 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46 chromosomes.
Individuals with Down syndrome are usually smaller than their nondisabled peers, and their physical as well as intellectual development is slower.
Some also may have a condition know as Atlantoaxial Instability, a misalignment of the top two vertebrae of the neck. This condition makes these individuals more prone to injury if they participate in activities which overextend or flex the neck.
Individuals with Down Syndrome may have a tendency to become obese as they grow older.
Mental retardation is diagnosed by looking at two main things. There are:
what is said and being able to answer.
members adults and others.
There are many signs, for example, children with mental retardation may:
What is Autism/PDD?
Is a neurological disorder that affects a child’ ability to communicate, understand language, play, and relate to others.
The different diagnostic terms that fall within the broad meaning of PDD include:
Autism is one of the disabilities specifically defined in the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as “a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age 3, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.
The causes of Autism or PDD are unknown.
Currently researchers are investing areas such as brain development, structure, genetic factors and biochemical imbalance in the brain as possible causes.
These disorders are not caused by psychological factors.
Some or all of the following characteristics may be observed in mild to severe forms:
Communication problems (e.g. using and understanding language).
generally evident as well.
The vast majority of citizens with intellectual
disabilities can live productive and independent lives,
having the same needs, wants and aspirations as you
and me. A disability is just a small part of a human being's life and the person with intellectual disabilities has the potential to be successful in all aspects of life.
The following brief suggestions are meant to help you and the athletes
you meet feel more comfortable in your interactions.
Be 8 years or older to compete in local/area competition. 12 years or older to compete in a chapter competition. *
Have been identified as having an intellectual disability or a closely related developmental disability.
(*may begin to train from 2-7 years of age via the
Young Athletes™ Program)
December 4 - 5, 2009
Copperfield Bowling Center
15615 Glen Chase Drive
Houston, TX 77095
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