LA2015 App Is Here

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April 16 marks the official 100 Days Away countdown to the World Games! As part of the celebration, we’re inviting you to install the new LA2015 app, snap a photo, add the Circle of Inclusion to it and post it to social media!

Join thousands of World Games fans and show the world that acceptance and inclusion are what Special Olympics is all about!

Step 1: Download the app and register via Facebook (or your email address).

Step 2: Check into the “Join the Circle” event in the app.

Step 3: Start a post, snap your photo and add the built-in Circle of Inclusion photo filter.

Step 4: Submit your post. It will appear as a post in the “Join the Circle” event stream, so there’s just one more step!

Step 5: Find your post in the event stream and share your post on Facebook or Twitter.

Here are some other things you can do in the app:

  • Receive important notifications, follow other World Games app users, make friends and message them personally.
  • Join the conversation in forums.
  • Get event information (with the ability to bookmark the events you plan to attend), and easy access to all things World Games.

    …. and more!

Download the free World Games app via iTunes or Google Play.

100 Days Till LA!

In 100 days, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will begin when the cauldron is lit at the Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. You can get involved by carrying the torch as the Flame of Hope travels across the country, hitting every state, in the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America. Sign up today at unifiedrelay.org

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SOL Bowl

The 2015 SOL Bowl date has been announced! It’s all about Laissez Les Bon Temps Bowlé!!

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Who: Celebrities + YOU and your CREW!

What: You and your 3 closest buds, co-workers, or family members get the chance to bowl with local celebrities and show them who the true champion really is!

When: Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Where: Colonial Bowling Lanes, 6601 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, LA 70123

Why: To help change the lives of thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Louisiana.

Plus: Raffle and auction items signed by local celebrities! Tons of great prizes provided by local businesses and a day packed with great food, music and company!

Click here for more information.

Microsoft to Hire People with Autism

Microsoft just recently announced the launch of a new program that plans to hire people with autism.

“Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” corporate vice president of worldwide operations Mary Ellen Smith, who has a 19-year-old son diagnosed with autism, said on the company blog.

“People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft, each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code,” she wrote. “It’s a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft!”

To read the full story, click here.