Special Olympics Community Analysis

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Volunteering with a charity designed to help people with special needs is thought to only help the disabled person for a short amount of time, but in reality, the volunteer is helped just as much as the disabled person. Although the people with special needs greatly benefit by the work of volunteers, the volunteers are actually the one whose eyes are opened and their perspective is dramatically changed in a positive way. In other words, the disabled are enabled to help the abled in ways that we never thought possible until we experience them for ourselves. This is evident in organizations such as Special Olympics and Best Buddies. People with intellectual disabilities are severely oppressed and there is a need for more involvement in charitable organizations that help them feel like more of a part of the community. Special Olympics is an international organization…show more content…
Through sports, Special Olympics give their athletes “continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. ” Special Olympics has a chapter in 170 countries and also one in each U.S. state, with sub-chapters in most major cities. The Special Olympics program has an extensive and informative website which advocates their mission and what they are doing to help the people with intellectual disabilities. They use emotional anecdotes and the redefinition technique to provide a clear picture of what they are doing for people affected by an intellectual disability. On their website, they have a news tab that gives personal stories of kids and adults whose lives were changed by Special

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