Delegations of Special Olympics athletes, program leaders and family members from 39 states will participate in Special Olympics’ 12th annual “Capitol Hill Day” this Wednesday, March 18.
Special Olympics Virginia athlete and International Global Messenger David Egan, Traci LaGanke, advocate and mom of Virginia Young Athlete™ Nicholas, and David Thomason, Special Olympics Virginia’s Vice President of Advancement, will spend the day meeting with Congressional leaders to urge their continued commitment to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and Special Olympics are top of mind when critical decisions are made for the country. Throughout the day, athletes and ambassadors also will meet face-to-face with their Congressional representatives, reminding them that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities still are a population that is often ignored and subject to stigma and stereotype that has real and significant social consequences – consequences that are particularly profound in the areas of healthcare and education.
Special Olympics, however, in partnership with the U.S. Government, is helping to address these issues through highly impactful, cost-effective programs that address health, education, sports, and community building! Please help us advocate for this critical programming by calling or emailing your member of Congress. Find out how to reach him or her at http://www.contactingthecongress.org/.