I felt like I was daring myself to cross some arbitrary line in the sand, and once I did, there would be no turning back. Canadians' perceptions of who I was, and certainly their knowledge of my life story, would be forever altered. Even if only a few dozen people heard my story, it felt big to share personally and publicly.
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are quickly approaching. Recent media coverage has fixated on global athletic governance, its impact on fairness, and the blurred lines between international politics and sports
Culture plays a critical role in our society. It contributes to the values and ideals that define us, and what we desire to share with our families, f...
My son is no longer the "disabled son" taking part in sports. Sebastian is an athlete. He is part of a team of athletes, coaches and volunteers.
It is unacceptable that millions of people -- our most vulnerable citizens -- suffer from pain and debilitating illnesses that can be treated because they fall through the cracks and don't have access to basic healthcare, where they live, year-round.
One hundred and twenty young leaders from around the globe traveled to Los Angeles to take part in GenUin, a week-long summit to brainstorm, conceptualize, and present viable solutions to unify and improve lives.
For decades, the media has focused on the Kennedy family's shame about Rosemary. It was alluded to in the article and in so many articles and television shows about her life. I would like to help refocus Rosemary's story into an impactful one that helped so many future babies, children and adults.
Just as sports can create and reinforce a sense of belonging and purpose, so too it can be a pathway for recognition among peoples, and for breaking down the walls of preconception that prevent us from truly seeing one another.
There was a local Special Olympics swim meet happening in my city, and I was asked if I would come and give out medals. I didn't know very much about Special Olympics except that it provided sport programs to people with intellectual disabilities. I reluctantly accepted the invitation. I could have never imagined how this single act would change my life forever.
As an athlete my entire life, a true tomboy growing up, I thought I understood the draw of sports. But it wasn't until I spent a few days with Special Olympics athletes that I realized just how powerful -- and empowering -- sports can truly be.
Another summer ramble... I have been lucky to have experienced Super Bowls. I have been fortunate to have cheered at Olympic Opening Ceremonies. I ...
The Special Olympics World Games will, for a short period of time, make disability visible. But we should not be persuaded that this is what inclusion looks like, and should continue to fight for greater participation by students with disabilities in our schools, communities, and even our sports leagues.
Special Olympics athletes were told that they would never amount to anything and their families were encouraged to institutionalize them. Their victory is not only the result of the same hard work that all athletes put in, but also the courage to overcome obstacles many athletes do not face and redefine what is possible.
I'll be cheering these inspiring athletes on every step of the way and I encourage you to discover for yourself what I've come to know: that being a part of Special Olympics has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.
Did you hear the one about a mom of a special needs daughter listening to one of her favorite comedians making a tasteless joke about a special needs person?