Families are the number one fans of our Special Olympics athletes. They give the type of love, support and encouragement that no one else can. Special Olympics is a support network that brings families together in a caring, positive way - and that makes the cheers for our athletes even louder.
Families with children who have disabilities are like other families; however, having a child with special needs often thrusts them into situations that may make their everyday lives more challenging. Special Olympics allows the opportunity for families to be a part of a year-round sports training and competition program. This provides the entire family with opportunities for sports, social interaction and fun.
Special Olympics family networks work closely with other professional organizations to provide educational, legal, and parenting information in support of families with special needs children.
Our families are our most powerful resource. Families help coach, transport, fundraise, officiate, chaperone and train other volunteers.
Families Are Among Friends
At Special Olympics Connecticut competitions and events, family members are among friends – and feel at home. They watch with pride as their child, sibling, cousin, grandchild, aunt or uncle finds success and joy.
Join other families at a Special Olympics Connecticut event today.
The Special Olympics Families program offers support through:
- A monthly e-newsletter with information about Special Olympics Connecticut’s events and activities, subscribe by clicking the Monthly E-Newsletter Sign Up below!
- Family committees
- The family awards and recognition program
- Family receptions or hospitality areas at Games and special events
Additional Resources for Families:
- National Parents Teachers Association (PTA)
- Exceptional Parent Magazine
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education
- Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- National parent Network on Disabilities
- Best Buddies
- NADD: An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs