HEALTH FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITES

Health has a substantial impact on the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and affects each Special Olympics athlete’s ability to train and compete in sports effectively. Through free health exams for Special Olympics athletes, Special Olympics has amassed the world’s largest data set on the health status of people with ID, uncovering vast gaps in the health care of our athletes. There is a myth that the poor health of individuals with ID is unavoidable because it is an inherent part of their disability. Research has shown, however, that it is a result of a breakdown in health education, health promotion, and health care that can be addressed. For more myths and health facts click here.

 

Special Olympics Kansas is committed to providing health and wellness opportunities which will impact the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their supporters.

HEALTHY ATHLETES

This program provides free health screenings to registered SOKS athletes at competition venues and at selected stand alone events.  Learn more!

HEALTH & FITNESS PROGRAMMING

Staying fit is more than participating in sports. It’s a lifestyle.  Learn more about our programming to support an active lifestyle for all of our athletes.

COACHES TRAINING

Special Olympics Kansas invites our sports coaches to take part in an online fitness training course that will provide them with the tools and resources to help improve their athletes lives through incorporating fitness components in your training.

YOUNG ATHLETES

Offered in one hour, family friendly sessions; parents and younger siblings are encouraged to participate. The activities are designed to be used by parents in the home or a preschool/school environment, with a playgroup or in a one-on-one situation.

Other ways to get involved.

We have an abundance of resources for your community & families.  Whether you’re looking for fitness, nutrition, or even motivational resources – we can help!

Families play a critical role in the continued success and growth of Special Olympics Kansas. Learn more about the resources available to our families.

INCLUSIVE HEALTH COMMITTEE

The Special Olympics Kansas Inclusive Health Committee provides guidance and support for Special Olympics Kansas Inclusive Health programs and initiatives.

Athletes might receive referrals for follow-up care from any of the Healthy Athletes screenings, and Special Olympics Kansas is committed to assisting them in finding the required services and resources.

STILL NEED HELP?

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.