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It wasn’t just special, it was extraordinary

It wasn’t just special, it was extraordinary

Sports gave these athletes a platform to change minds and hearts. In return, they made sports better. I was involved with Special Olympics Asia Pacific last year when we created this very website.

Getting on with it

Getting on with it

‘Getting on with it’ is my motto to survive in life. At 34, I was the oldest athlete representing Team Thailand at the recent 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

Better versions of ourselves

Better versions of ourselves

With these special children, I learn as much from them as I hope they do from me. I remember the day that one of my Special Olympics athletes fainted on the field. We were conducting try-outs for the football team.

The value of true friendship

The value of true friendship

Over the years, I have witnessed only too often—and experienced first-hand—how many individuals view people with intellectual disabilities. They believe the differently-abled should have no friends. They are wrong.

Never too late to be inclusive

Never too late to be inclusive

We are never too old to learn new tricks, whether it’s a sport, a skill, or even to adopt a new mindset. I have, over the past year, trained hard in a sport I have never been exposed to – powerlifting.

Finding my roots

Finding my roots

I’m not alone in this world. I have not met my biological family for more than a decade. I was born into a family of ten children, and my parents were drug addicts.

Leaders with a difference

Leaders with a difference

My life has come full circle. So many of the challenges I used to have, I have overcome. I was diagnosed quite late in life, at the age of 17, with Asperger Syndrome.

Breaking barriers to shine

Breaking barriers to shine

For the first time, I felt like my family was no longer ashamed of me. I am the eldest of four children in my family. When I was born, my skin appeared bluish.

Inclusion can change lives

Inclusion can change lives

A life-changing experience that reunited me with my long-lost mother. My name is Chutipa Phansuwan. My family and friends call me Jay. I am 15 years old.

Power to Change Mindsets

Power to Change Mindsets

I have a simple wish. I have a simple wish – to own a mobile phone and a dress in pink, my favorite color. These are possessions that most 16-year-olds in many parts of the world take for granted.