History of the Special Olympics

The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities | Jul 6, 2021

The Special Olympics website tells the story of what began as Camp Shriver, a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities, and became a global movement. The site provides a decade-by-decade history of the institution's evolution and a timeline of salient events supported by short videos and photographs. The resource also includes link to the Get Into It K-12 Program, classroom-based lessons, activities, and videos that extend the story of the Special Olympics.

Tags: United States World Class Activities Lecture, Podcast, & Documentary Lesson Plans Readings Timelines Accessibility Teaching Guide Cultural Disability Human Rights & Violations Intellectual Social Sports 1945-Present


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