Knowledgebase: School & Youth Program
Who is Eligible?
Posted by Katie MacDonald on 11 August 2009 08:49 AM

If the person (male or female) is eight years of age or older and is identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability, then that person is eligible to participate as an athlete in Special Olympics.

If the person is identified as having closely related developmental disabilities with functional limitations in both general and learning adaptive skills, then that person is eligible to participate in Special Olympics.

However, if the functional limitations are only due to physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, behavior disorders, specific learning disabilities, visual impairments or sensory disabilities, then the person is not eligible for Special Olympics.

Please note that there are programs for individuals under the age of eight years old.

To see the details for Age Criteria, please click the link below:

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