Special Olympics was created and developed to give individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train and compete in sports activities.No person shall, on the grounds of gender, race, religion, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, and/or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of Special Olympics.Athletes must compete in the area program and events within the geographical boundaries where they live.Coaches may petition their area program staff if they would like to compete in events outside their area boundaries.Athletes may not substitute their area’s competition for another.Competing in another area’s event is an option only to add additional competition opportunities.The athlete of the parent or guardian of a minor athlete must sign an informed consent document that acknowledges they have been informed of the findings and determinations of the physician.Until all athletes have been screened using the new neurological method, the neurological status of athletes that have only been screened by x-ray is unknown.
The Athlete medical previously included Consent/Participant Release documentation.
Intellectual disability can occur with or without any other physical or mental disorders.
Although reduced level of intellectual functioning is the characteristic feature of this disorder, the diagnosis is made only if it is associated with a diminished ability to adapt to the daily demands of the normal social environment.
(SOI), in writing and with appropriate evidence, of these potential exceptions, and the program’s determination of eligibility is subject to SOI’s approval.
Coaches should contact the Vice President of Field Services at the chapter office for more information.