Healthy Communities is a model Special Olympics Health program addressing the severe health disparities faced by people with intellectual disabilities (ID) through immediate and long-term community-based solutions. Healthy Communities is working to increase access to quality health care and prevention programming to improve the health status of people with ID.
To address the health disparities faced by people with ID, Special Olympics Healthy Communities program offers the following programs:
- Health screenings in 8 different disciplines known as Healthy Athletes
- Training for health and fitness professionals specific to serving persons with a vast array of intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Partnerships with local health organizations to provide quality, inclusive care to individuals with ID
- Opportunities to participate in community sports, fitness and wellness programs and activities