Health needs of people with intellectual disabilities need closer examination

The World of Special Olympics

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog from Mary Davis, Regional President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, on World Health Day about how the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program is saving lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

“You can’t compete if your feet hurt, if your teeth hurt or if your ears ache.”

This quote from a Special Olympics athlete correctly sums up the motivation behind the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program.

Manuel Hofmann is a 24-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Germany. His mother Silke didn’t know Manuel had a hearing problem until a volunteer doctor diagnosed Manuel’s hearing impairment at a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes clinic. Manuel and Silke share their story in an effort to encourage people with intellectual disabilities to take more interest in their own health. Manuel received free Phonak hearing aids and follow-up care through the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program and the Hear…

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