“Here, we are not talking about disability,” explains Nathalie Dallet-Fèvre, general manager of the Special Olympics France organization. “We’re talking about athletes, about surpassing oneself, about societal recognition. Those athletes are showing the world there’s a champion in each and every one of us.”
Such is the philosophy of this international movement that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in the United States by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, it aims to offer fulfilment to individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as getting the public to view them without prejudice.