Special Olympics and very high functioning Autism

Elona - posted on 07/25/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have an adult son with Aspergers, but this is about my grandson who also is very, very high on the Autism spectrum. I am wondering if he would qualify for the special olympics, because his functioning is so high. Can someone help me find a resource so can find out. I looked at the Special Olympics site, but I cannot find any answer to my question there. Thanks!

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Elona - posted on 07/26/2015

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Hi,

Thanks for trying to help me. The site says intellectual disorders, but it also says communication disorders. Autism is a social communication disorder. They do accept ADHD and Autism.

Sarah - posted on 07/25/2015

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I agree, I don't think any of the Autism Spectrum Disorders qualify for Special Olympics.

This is the info from the Special Olympics website, where they describe the criteria for athletes:
"persons whose functional limitations are based solely on a physical, behavioral or emotional disability, or a specific learning or sensory disability, are not eligible to participate as Special Olympics athletes, but may be eligible to volunteer for Special
Olympics as partners in Unified Sports"

Michelle - posted on 07/25/2015

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Well I just had a look on the Special Olympics site and it said it's open to all with an intellectual disability. I don't think aspergers falls into that category.

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