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11 facts about special olympics

  1. Special Olympics serves almost 200 million people with intellectual disabilities in almost 200 countries around the world.
  2. It is estimated that 12 out of every 1,000 U.S. kids have mental retardation.
  3. Mental retardation is usually characterized by low mental ability, and limitations in areas like self-direction, school, work, and daily living.
  4. Not all disabilities are visible.
  5. Around 600 million people in the world are disabled in some way.
  6. Down syndrome is the most frequent genetic cause of mild to moderate mental retardation.
  7. Down syndrome occurs in one out of every 800 births, in all races and economic groups.
  8. Mild mental retardation is much more common than severe mental retardation, accounting for 65 to 75% of all cases with mental retardation.
  9. Autism affects 1 in every 150 kids, but no one knows what causes it.
  10. Over one million children in the U.S. have hearing loss.
  11. There are an estimated 57,696 legally blind people under the age of 21 in the U.S.
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