As a national organization, we have been working with children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability for over forty years. Within this time, it has grown well beyond being an event to become a year-round movement with chapters in almost every province and territory.
Today, the movement has expanded across Canada and it is no longer just a cycle of national competitions. Special Olympics now enriches the lives of more than 36,000 children, youth and adults who are registered in its 17 Olympic-type winter and summer sport programs, as well as the lives of their family, friends and supporters. These programs run year-round out of local sport clubs.
We are proud that, for more than 40 years, we have delivered one message to Canadians: people with an intellectual disability can and will succeed in life if given the opportunity.
Sport Canada, a government agency under the Department of Canadian Heritage, recognizes Special Olympics as the main provider of these services to people whose primary diagnosis is an intellectual disability.