Asia Pacific

With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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Stories from Asia Pacific


October 02, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Cambodia

USAID And Special Olympics Reaching Rural Cambodia Through Sporting Opportunities

By Simon Koh

Mr. Sean Callahan, Deputy Mission Director of USAID Cambodia (2nd from left), and H.E. Meas Sarin (3rd from left), Vice-Chair of Special Olympics Cambodia and Committee Adviser to the Ministry of Education at the Press Announcement on 29 September 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Special Olympics launched a new program that will use sports to help hundreds of Cambodians with disabilities become more active members of their communities.View Story The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Special Olympics launched a new program that will use sports to help hundreds of Cambodians with disabilities become more active members of their communities. The ‘Rural Expansion of Sports’ project will reach four Cambodian provinces (Takeo, Battambang, Svey Reing and Kampong Thom). In using sports as a path for greater social inclusion, the project intends to recruit over 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities for Special Olympics Cambodia, over 100 new coaches and approximately 250 new family members. This 18-month project will provide specialized training for Cambodians with intellectual disabilities, who will join Special Olympics Cambodia as Special Olympics athletes. Mr. Sean Callahan, Deputy Mission Director of USAID Cambodia, and Dr. Meas Sarin, Vice-Chair of the Special Olympics Cambodia and Adviser to the Ministry of Education were present at the Press Announcement on 29 September.

About Simon Koh:I am Operations Director for Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
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October 01, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Prayers needed for our Special Rock Star LAD

By Tehmina Azim

I had published a very inspiring story about our" Special Lad Turned into a Rock Star", Mr.Abbas on 22nd August 2013 on this page.View Story I had published a very inspiring story about our" Special Lad Turned into a Rock Star", Mr.Abbas on 22nd August 2013 on this page.Our Lad is full of fun loving nature, loves to sing and dance and everyone loves him too.He gained confidence when he came into Special Olympics and treats everyone like his own family.Abbas love being in Special Olympics and with Special athletes. Unfortunately our Special lad has been diagnosed with severe illness for last two months.He will undergo surgery in the upcoming days.He recently attended our EKS and FHF events on 18th September 2014 and 20th September 2014 .It is humbly requested to ALL to please pray for hard for him.He badly needs our prayers.With Love for ABBAS"We were starting to think that you were invincible.Its good to know that you are human after all.We all are looking forward to you getting back to your invincible self.Get well soon,SUPER STAR".We at Special Olympics are praying hard for you! Soon you will be with US!

About Tehmina Azim:I am the Global Family Leader representing Asia Pacific and also National Coordinator of FSN at Special Olympics Pakistan.I have a down syndrome boy Mr.Asim Zar who is working as a helper in DANPAK factory.
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September 15, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Respect for All!!

By lubna nawaz

I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities.View Story Hi,my name is Lubna and mother of two boys with autism. Both are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. My younger son Hashim is non-verbal and very hyper, especially going in market places and family events. I have noticed that people stared at us. They look at him as if someone alien has invaded. First, this used to embarrass me a lot, and every time I used to promise myself I will not take my son along with me, but being his mother, I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities. I have come to a firm belief that as he doesn't judge anyone, so no one else has the right to judge him. Now I take him out with pride and make sure that he enjoys his life!!

About lubna nawaz:Hello,I'm Lubna Nawaz ,mother of two boys name Haseeb and Hashim both are autistic and are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. I am also part of the family support network of Special Olympics Pakistan.
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September 11, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Big Bite Out of Global Oral Health Disparities

By Lynn Aylward

Special Olympics Bharat

Special Olympics Bharat (India) is participating in a new dental clinic and securing important new partners for its Healthy Athletes oral health work.View Story Special Olympics Bharat (India) is participating in a new dental clinic and securing important new partners for its Healthy Athletes oral health work. Dr. Reena. R. Kumar is a dental professor at Divya Jyoti College of Dental Sciences & Research and a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Special Smiles Clinical Director. She is inaugurating a Special Care Clinic, in conjunction with the International Association for Disability & Oral Health (IADH), on September 15. On the same day, IADH launches its India Chapter. Special Olympics Bharat (India), IADH’s new India chapter, and Divya Jyoti College of Dental Sciences & Research have also signed a memorandum of understanding to create a sustainable model to provide quality oral health care to people with intellectual disabilities. Since 17 percent of the world’s teeth are located in India, the Special Care Clinic and the MOU are a start at taking a big bite out of global oral health disparities for people with intellectual disabilities. Getting dental care and achieving oral health is one of the biggest health concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. IADH, with chapters in 40 countries, is dedicated to improving the oral health and quality of life of people with special needs and Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Special Smiles initiative provides dental health examinations and care for people with intellectual disabilities.

About Lynn Aylward:I work in communications for Special Olympics.
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September 11, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Special Olympics And Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Creating Sporting Opportunities In India

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Bharat and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are delivering a project that will improve the quality of football coaching in India for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story Special Olympics Bharat and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are delivering a project that will improve the quality of football coaching in India for people with intellectual disabilities. This unique two-stage project involves the foundation delivering quality coaching for more than 2,000 Special Olympics Bharat football coaches in India. The partnership is driven by a common goal to create social change through the power of sport. Supported by the English Premier League, this project will see 30,000 people with intellectual disabilities across India gain access to the sport.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for the Asia Pacific region
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Oct 7, 2014

Somoa Test 2 Event

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Email: program@specialolympicshawaii.org
Phone: 206-362-4949 x 212
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1015 High School Dr.

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Oct 30, 2014
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Get your laces tied up and sign up to this fantastic event, offering you the choice to run 4 different course lengths. You can choose from the Full Marathon, a Marathon Relay, the Half-Marathon or a Six Mile course. Training schedules are provided no matter what length you choose, so why not get involved? Run your personal best in Upolu! And be proud to be part of the Special Olympics America Samoa team! Sign up and full information on the event and different options are available at www.upolurun.com.
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Email: pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone: 216-2224-1946
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Apia Central Park
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
AMERICAN SAMOA


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Suneedhi: a Girl, a Clinic, a Dream

For a dental surgeon such as myself, screening was just the first step! i felt we needed to go beyond examinations to ensuring people with intellectual disability got any treatment that they needed. I felt I could help more. read more »

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