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Healthy Athletes

Healthy Athletes

Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are often denied health services. There is often a misconception that the poor health of people with ID is due to their disability. Research has shown that it is in fact a result of a breakdown in health education, health promotion, and health care. This can and should be addressed. Over the years, Special Olympics health programs have improved the health of our athletes. In many cases, the programs have profoundly changed--or saved--their lives. Below you will find information about some of these health programs, which have been offered by Special Olympics North Dakota.

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® is a Special Olympics program that provides free health examinations in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a medical professional. Our impact on the health and well-being of Special Olympics athletes around the world is great, in some cases saving lives by discovering unknown health issues or providing health care that otherwise would not be available. 

We not only serve these athletes but also train health care professionals who then go back to their practices with increased knowledge of and compassion for people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics North Dakota is proudly sponsored by these program partners