|By listening to athletes at events and conducting research over many years, Special Olympics leaders have become aware of an alarming lack of quality health care for people with intellectual disabilities. Findings show that people with intellectual disabilities have a 40 percent greater risk for health issues, and that health care professionals are not trained in or experienced with caring for people with intellectual disabilities. The response by medical professionals and Special Olympics has been to provide Healthy Athletes programming at various events which offer free screenings and education for the athletes. Learn more at the main Special Olympics, Inc. Web site .
Current Healthy Athletes Programs in North Carolina
Health Professionals Needed
SONC is always looking for qualified medical professionals to assist with current Healthy Athletes programming.
Additionally, Opening Eyes and Healthy Hearing are not currently available in North Carolina, but if you are a medical professional in either of these fields and are interested in getting it started in the state, you can contact A’Lisa Tello.
Several of the disciplines will be offered at the 2014 state-level Summer Games May 30 through June 1 in Raleigh & Cary.