People with intellectual disabilities constitute a hidden population -- 200 million strong worldwide -- that routinely battles chronic diseases at far greater rates than others and tragically dies years younger as a result. Yet they remain invisible, not only to mainstream health systems, but also to the fail-safes put in place specifically to help those in need.
When I plan travel with my three children, I look for destinations that will keep them active and satisfied. Here, I've gathered five of my favorite summer getaways that offer the best in healthy traveling. My kids and I absolutely love them!
Politicians' egos, buoyed by the private economic interests that stand to profit and the frenzied international competition for hosting the Olympics, drive the bid. It leads to untethered grandiosity. Putin's pet project in Sochi seems to be a case in point.
Our documentary film, Last Woman Standing, tells the story of Ariane and Mary, two world champion boxers, former friends, and one-time teammates, forced to fight one another for the shared dream of making history at the first Olympic Games to include women's boxing.
Standing out in a crowd of well-known, fund-raising, BBQ aficionados can be a challenge. Jeff Bannister likes to stand out in a crowd, which is how he ended up cooking a whole steer.
Those who went to Penn State know Penn State. It's time make sure that the world knows the real story about our school. One that respects our past, responds to our failings and restores our cherished reputation.
Along with never having broadcast a basketball game, I had never been to a Special Olympics before. I'm not sure how I missed the Special Olympics.
No one believes that if the R-word vanished, access to the best health care will suddenly appear and the medical problems faced by people with intellectual disabilities magically fixed, but language affects attitudes, and attitudes affect action.
You are the champion of the underdog. Your voice matters. Your fans and your staff will follow your lead. Lead them to a better place, Howard.
Censorship has no place in democracy, but self-examination does. The larger goal behind "Spread the word to end the word" is not to replace the r-word with another equally stigmatizing phrase, but to increase inclusion for those who may speak, act or move differently.
A lot has been written about how the tragedy will mean the loss of a hero for the sports world and for people with disabilities. But, Pistorius isn't just any old sporting hero.
The truth is, I wish I could just follow you around with an embarrassing mom bag of sunglasses and earplugs and sensory toys but you don't want those things anymore. You want to brave it on your own and I am so proud of you for that.
Collectively, we must focus our efforts on working with this vulnerable yet powerful group of people.
By celebrating the Special Olympics we are celebrating the beauty that is in everyone, not the random standard that society is selling us to make us feel safe. We are asked to take a chance and see the amazing accomplishments of each individual.
The Special Olympics is all about inclusion and acceptance, and these qualities are in Los Angeles' DNA. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles is a natural for hosting the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2015.
I have carried, just as carefully as any gold medal, the gift that Special Olympics has given to our family. A perfectly built place where my daughter will always belong, where she will win far more often than lose, because everyone has told her she can.