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Lend a Hand

Consider lending a hand to people with intellectual or physical disabilities. You can help with nearby Special Olympics events, or organize inclusive clubs or activities at school. Perhaps you can educate people about what it’s like to have autism, Down syndrome or other special needs.

See how these honorees supported people with disabilities
  • Lindsey Meyer

    Lindsey planned a “sensory friendly” movie presentation at a local theater for people with autism or other special needs, after learning that most people with these disabilities are denied this simple pleasure because they may not be able to sit still or stay quiet for an entire movie.

  • Grayson Phillips

    Grayson raised money to provide seven children and young adults with disabilities with all-terrain power wheelchairs that allow them to safely navigate the great outdoors with their peers. 

  • Paloma Rambana

    Paloma lobbied legislators, led rallies, gave speeches, created a website and generated publicity to help secure $1.25 million in state funding for kids her age with visual impairments.

  • Cameron Kirk

    Cameron coaches Special Olympics athletes and, as public relations director for his local Special Olympics program, organizes fundraisers that have raised more than $64,000 over the past five years so that athletes can travel to and compete in sporting events free of charge.

Additional Resources

Autism Speaks
https://www.autismspeaks.org/

American Council of the Blind
http://www.acb.org/

Special Olympics
http://www.specialolympics.org/

Best Buddies
https://bestbuddies.org/