Several months ago I was talking with a parent of a Special Olympics athlete. I asked the Dad how Special Olympics had impacted his family. His response was, “Special Olympics has made it okay for people to look at people with disabilities”. Immediately I knew what he meant. Many of us were raised not to stare at people with disabilities. Special Olympics made it okay to look, and made it okay to engage persons with disabilities in conversation and to have them as friends. If you have a child with a disability, if you are a volunteer, what has Special Olympics taught you?
– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana