What Special Olympics Means to Us

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Congratulations to one of our very own

Glenn Drude Options breakfastSpecial Olympics Louisiana staff member and previous athlete, Glenn Drude, Jr. was recognized today by Options, Inc. for his outstanding work in Special Olympics Louisiana. He was honored at a breakfast this morning along with several other individuals with intellectual disabilities in the community who have been employed for several years. Glenn currently holds the title as the individual who has been serving the community the longest, 26 years! Glenn is the Office Assistant here at the Special Olympics Louisiana State Office and does a variety of jobs. We are proud of his accomplishment and honored to have him in our family.

It’s NOT just WORK…

Kathy Martinez, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, recently wrote a great story titled Stepping Up to the Plate on The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. She remarks about the connection sports and employment have on one another, and mentions the impact Special Olympics has had on the two…

“…sports are ingrained in the American psyche; they’re a cultural force.  …they have the power not only to bring people together for fun and recreation, but also to shape societal attitudes.”

“Of course, sports can also have a big impact at the individual level, especially when it comes to youth. There is a powerful relationship between extracurricular activities and employment. According to data from Special Olympics, the largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities and a founding member of the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment, 52 percent of adult Special Olympics athletes in the U.S. are employed, and half of those are in competitive employment. Compare that against the estimated employment rate for adults with intellectual disabilities in general, which is 10 percent.” Read the full article here

What Can YOU Do

Did you know that 50% more Special Olympics athletes have jobs than do their counterparts who are not involved in Special Olympics? Special Olympics works with the Campaign for Disability Employment to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

“Because” is a new, inspirational video public service announcement for What can YOU do? the Campaign for Disability Employment. The PSA shown below challenges viewers to rethink how they perceive career prospects for youth with disabilities and to recognize that we all benefit when young people with disabilities are able to develop their skills and talents into successful careers. Learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment.