Social media has shown us that everyday is a National Day for something. Well, our friends over at Friendship Circle Blog have comprised a handy calendar to mark all the Special Needs Awareness days in 2014 sorted by season. Click here to see it (While you are there, check out their other resources and posts. They have great articles for those serving people with special needs.)
Did you know Special Olympics has a program for children ages 2 – 7? It is called the Young Athletes Program and it is an innovative sports play program for children with intellectual disabilities, designed to introduce them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age 8.
Can you catch a floating scarf OR climb through a hula hoop?? Special Olympics Louisiana’s Young Athletes can!
The Young Athletes program works with athletes from ages 2-7. Special Olympics Young Athletes are able by working on building important motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. Some of these fun activities include kicking, balancing, and throwing. This program introduces these athletes to the Special Olympics world of sports.
Find out more info on our Young Athletes Program here.
We recently came across an article in the Huffington Post, titled: Finding The Words To Talk About Disability
Some of the quotes that stood out the most were, “…just because I have a daughter with a disability doesn’t mean that I know how to talk about disabilities with my children.” and “Our particularities were different, but I came to understand that we all have limitations and places of vulnerability and need, and we all have possibilities for joy and relationships and self-giving.” Read the entire article
It is so true that people who have never been exposed to someone with special needs have so many questions in the beginning. But before they know it, they realized how many new things they learn not only about human beings but about differences rather than limitations.
“Toys”R”Us signing as the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games continues their on-going support of our movement,” said Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “Their vision and leadership in the area of inclusive play will only add to the unity that these National Games will create throughout New Jersey and the nation.” Read the full announcement
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will take place at sporting venues throughout New Jersey, June 14 through June 21. More than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete in 17 sports. An estimated 10,000 volunteers as well as 50,000 additional spectators will be in attendance. Learn more about the games here.
Since 2007, Special Olympics Louisiana has implemented the SMALL STEPS, BIG LEAPS program which is for children 2 to 7 years old.
Small Steps, Big Leaps (also known as the Young Athlete Program) is a sports play program that introduces children 2 to 7 yrs. old to sports prior to competition for Special Olympics at age eight. It utilizes physical activities to develop fundamental motor tracking & eye-hand coordination play. Children build skills through planned activities on a regular basis and apply these skills in preparation for later competition. Special Olympics Louisiana has interactive kits and resource guides available for those that are interested.