Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®
Health Screenings, Education & Preventative Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities experience substandard healthcare and access to services than others in their communities, and studies have found that their life expectancies are shorter. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program provides free health screenings, educational resources and teaches preventative care to athletes through six wellness programs. Healthy Athletes® is designed to improve each athlete's ability to train and compete by providing resources to advance their overall quality of health and reinforce the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle.
Our vision is to create a world where people with intellectual disabilities are given the same opportunities to be as healthy as people without intellectual disabilities and, in doing so, allow Special Olympics athletes to perform their best both on and off the playing field.
Barriers to this vision include lack of access to quality healthcare, education and resources. Fortunately, with the help of our amazing volunteers and community members, we can overcome these hurdles to provide the Special Olympics athletes with access to healthcare resources.
Special Olympics Health is made possible by the vision and support of the Golisano Foundation.
Healthy Athletes - Get Involved!
Talk to Me: Treating People with Intellectual Disabilities with Respect
Heidi Adamski, PT, MS
Colleen Langlais, PT, MS
Carol Flaim, RN
Joyce Baiardi, RN
Dr. Thomas Hinchey
GLOBAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Susan Danberg
Dr. Chris Agro
Special Olympics Connecticut is looking for healthcare professionals to help us break down the barriers to quality healthcare for those with intellectual disabilities. Fill out the form to start a conversation on how you or your organization can get involved.
Be in the know – for the latest information on upcoming health screenings for athletes, follow-up care guidance and overall health & wellness tips, check out the athlete’s resources below:
Upcoming Health Screenings
August 5th New England Trail Sensory Walk
East River Preserve, Guilford, 10am-2pm
Description: Create a more dynamic awareness of the land beneath your footsteps as we engage with place and self through walking during this sensorial workshop led by Bibi Caldero, a certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide.
September 9-10th Unified Sports® Fall Festival
Health Promotion at Bocce, Scalzi Park 10am-2pm
Health Promotion at Softball, 10am-2pm
September 30th 2017 SOCT Leadership & Health Summit
Fit Feet and Special Smiles screenings
Parent/Guardian health breakouts include:
How to Navigate the Follow up Care Process & Moving into Adult Healthcare - What Parents Need to Know?
October 29th Unified Sports® Fitness Club - Universal Walk
Mitchell College, 10am-2pm
For more information, please contact Caitlin Daikus, Senior Coordinator, Health Programs at 203-230-1201 ext. 238.
Health & Wellness Education
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