Tearing Down the Walls

Amelia Rivera was initially denied a kidney transplant due to her intellectual disability.  But, that did not stop her parents.

In a recent blog post from Special Olympics, “The brick wall that the Riveras faced was, alas, all too familiar to the athletes and families of Special Olympics.  The Riveras’ experience was one among millions faced by people with intellectual disameliaabilities and their families every day—albeit an extreme one.  Whether it is in the institutions of health care, the halls of education, the meeting rooms of government, the fields of sport, or the whole range of social environments, people with intellectual disabilities are routinely stopped short by the walls of intolerance and ignorance.  The Riveras understood the stakes.  And they were not going to let those walls cost Amelia her life.”

Read the full post here.



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