Fuel to Keep Moving Forward!

October 17, 2015

By Maria Shriver

The last few extraordinary weeks of the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles have filled my heart. Bear Bryant Alabama Crimson Tide Jersey oakley pas cher Jordan 11 Pre-School I am overwhelmed by the countless displays of bravery, strength and inclusion. Marcus Mariota – Oregon Ducks Maglia Chris Paul These Olympic Games have put fuel in our mission to support Best Buddies and build a more accepting world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). nike air max 1 premium Nike Air Max 2016 Goedkoop We have about a month to go in our work to raise money, recruit others to join the team and train for those monster hills on the Pacific Coast Highway. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren grijs nike kd 9 pas cher Riding with you each year in the Best Buddies Challenge, I feel – just as you do – the tremendous power of Best Buddies. Cam Newton We all want to belong, to be part of a team, but we have all known what it’s like to be left out and excluded. We also know the respect and dignity that comes with having and holding a job. Adidas Schoenen At its heart, that’s what Best Buddies is all about: fostering friendships, building experiences and providing jobs so that people with IDD can be self-sufficient and experience firsthand the power of a job. baskets running asics We’ve brought together hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds, built amazing friendships and, most importantly, peddled together as a team to expand the opportunities for people with IDD everywhere. asics gel lyte 3 mujer negras ASICS PAS CHER FR Together, we have moved the needle to make the world better for everyone. Sacramento Kings

Air Jordan Retro 14 According to the recently released Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Centuryour nation is in the midst of change. The findings show a major shift in the impressions and overall acceptance of people with IDD, including:

  • An overwhelming majority of Americans (93%) who believe that adults with intellectual disabilities should be encouraged to have jobs.
  • 4 in 5 adults (83%) who say they would be comfortable working alongside someone with IDD or would be comfortable employing them (80%).
  • Nearly 9 in 10 (89%) who say they would be comfortable having their child be in the same classroom as a child with IDD while almost the same amount (88%) say they would be comfortable having a neighbor with IDD who lives independently.

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