Our Stories

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E., our engine to drive Respect, Acceptance, Change and Equality for people with intellectual disabilities. We are more similar than we are different, so why discriminate? Hear our voices. Feel our fears. Share our joy as we race to the finish line.

The art of building a team

The art of building a team

It was my love for football that first led me to Special Olympics Nippon, and started me on this life-changing journey.  I volunteered to be a unified partner a few years ago through my school, Ichimura High School.

Let’s talk football

Let’s talk football

The universal language of football is raw and visceral. It is emotionally charged and dramatically powerful. It is a unifying force that can forge life-changing bonds among the most diverse of groups.

Chase your dreams

Chase your dreams

Some people say childhood is the best part of one’s life, with the sweetest memories. It wasn’t true for me at all. I recall being a sickly child, often spending my days in cold, clinical hospital rooms.

Yes, I can

Yes, I can

I did not speak until I was 7. According to my parents, I spoke only a few words when I was a toddler; but after that, I just stopped talking.

He’ll never be alone

He’ll never be alone

Before the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, my brother Rishabh was loved by us, his family. Now, he is loved by the nation.

I’m a survivor

I’m a survivor

When I was four, I was almost killed by my own mother. I remember the ordeal vividly. We were on a bus. Before we got to our destination, my mum alighted.

A Family Less Ordinary

A Family Less Ordinary

We are the proud parents of five beautiful children. Our eldest son Aaron, who is now 20, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3. Our youngest children, 12-year-old twins Daniel and Gabriel, were also found to have autism four years ago.

Can’t waste time crying

Can’t waste time crying

It has been over 24 years since I found out that my son, Johannes was going to be born with Down Syndrome.       When I first knew, I was a few months into the pregnancy.

My sister, my best friend

My sister, my best friend

We have so much to learn from one another. My sister Anastasia has Down Syndrome. When she was born, I remember my parents telling me that I have a special sister and that it was my duty to love and care for her.

The Best Son I Could Wish for

The Best Son I Could Wish for

My son Rithik is one of the greatest blessings in my life. He is innocent and completely pure at heart. Rithik is now 23. When he was 12, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), coupled with lower than normal IQ.