Mission Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide a year-round training and competitions in various sports for children and adults with disabilities mentaolnymi that creates a permanent capacity to improve physical fitness, demonstrate courage, get joy and participate in the development of talents, skills and friendly relations with family members , other Special Olympics athletes and the community as a whole.

The main purpose of the Special Olympics – to help people with intellectual disabilities to become full members of society, receiving productive participation in public life, through proedostavleniya these people just vozmozhnosteydlya showcase their talents in sports and by informing the public about their capabilities and needs.

Osnovopolagayushie principles on which the Organization was founded on “Special Olympics”, and that should be in the future to determine the order of activity and development of the global Special Olympics movement, include the following provisions:

  • People with intellectual disabilities can, with appropriate training and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of people with certain mental and physical disabilities.

  • Holistic training process, organized under the guidance of qualified coaches and concentrated on improving the fitness level of participants of training, is extremely important for the development of athletic skills and athletic competition among people of equal ability levels are the most valid method of assessing skills, measuring progress and to stimulate personal growth.

  • Through sports training and competition people with disabilities in the intellectual development of improved physically, mentally, socially and spiritually strengthens family relationships, and society as a whole, as a result of direct participation and observation of activities, combined with people with mental disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and adoption.

  • Any person with disabilities in intellectual development, meeting the criteria defined in these General Regulations (see Article 6, Section 6.01) should be able to benefit from the program of sports training and competition offered by Special Olympics.

  • Organization, Special Olympics “should overcome all racial, sexual, religious and geographic boundaries, as well as separation on grounds of national origin and political philosophy, creating opportunities for sports training and competitions in accordance with unified global standards for all people with disabilities in intellectual development that meet specific criteria.

  • Special Olympics welcomes and seeks to develop the spirit of sportsmanship and love to participate in sports just for the sake of participation.To achieve this goal, Special Olympics involves giving every athlete the opportunity to participate in training and competition, allowing more fully demonstrate the potential of every athlete regardless of ability level. That is why the organization, Special Olympics, “requires that a program of games and tournaments of the Special Olympics have been included sports and types of programs for athletes of all ability levels, and competition in team sports provides each athlete the opportunity to participate in each game.

  • Special Olympics welcomes the development of opportunities for sports training and competitions at local and regional levels, within individual communities (including schools), which is a means of involvement in the program the largest number of athletes eligible to participate in the Special Olympics.


Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons from December 20, 1971

(Adopted by the UN General Assembly)

  1. Mentally retarded person has, to the maximum extent feasible, the same rights as other people.
  2. Mentally retarded person has a right to proper medical care and treatment, as well as the right to education, training, rehabilitation and protection, which will allow him to develop his ability and maximum potential.
  3. Mentally retarded person has a right to maintenance and to a decent standard of living. It has the right to perform productive work or to engage in any other meaningful occupation to the fullest extent of its capabilities.
  4. In cases where this is possible, mentally retarded person should live in their homes or with foster parents and to participate in various forms of community life. Families of such persons should receive assistance. If necessary, the premises of such person in an institution must make the new environment and living conditions as possible to those of normal life.



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