Knowledgebase: Athlete and Family FAQ
Who can participate in Special Olympics?
Posted by Katie MacDonald on 11 August 2009 09:02 AM

An individual with an intellectual disability is eligible to participate in Special Olympics Programs. An "Intellectual Disability" refers to substantial limitation in present functioning. An intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills. This exists concurrently with related limitations in two or more of the following applicable adaptive skill areas: communication, self care, home living, social skills, community use, self direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure and work.

A person is considered to have an intellectual disability if that person satisfies the following requirements:

  1. Typically an IQ score of approximately 70 or below;
  2. Deficits in general mental abilities which limit and restrict participation and performance in one or more aspects of daily life such as communication, social participation, functioning at school or work, or personal independence, and;
  3. Onset during the developmental period (before the age of 18 years).

All individuals eight years of age or older, who have an intellectual disability have access to SOO sport programs. Individuals who have multiple disabilities are also eligible to participate so long as one of the disabilities is an intellectual disability.

Individuals under the age of eight may be able to participate in our Active Start and FUNdamental multisport programs based on availability.

If you'd like to participate in Special Olympics Programs please click the link below:

http://www.specialolympicsontario.com/default.asp?contentID=11

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