Health Screenings, Education & Preventative Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Healthy Athletes® is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings and health education in a fun, welcoming environment. With a focus on removing the anxiety people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a medical professional, the program is designed to provide resources to advance their overall quality of health.
Healthy Athletes® is not only a program for athletes but, through training and hands-on experience at screenings, it is a program for health care students and professionals to increase knowledge of best practices in caring for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Healthy Athletes® screenings and educational resources are provided to athletes in eight areas, all offered by Special Olympics Connecticut: Healthy Hearing, Fit Feet, MedFest®, Fun Fitness, Health Promotion, Strong Minds, Opening Eyes® and Special Smiles®.
“We don’t get to the dentist and doctor as often as we need to. We look forward to Healthy Athletes®. It’s the best thing Special Olympics gives to us!”– SOCT Athlete
Healthy Athletes - Get Involved!
Talk to Me: Treating People with Intellectual Disabilities with Respect
Heidi Adamski, PT, MS
Colleen Langlais, PT, MS
Jamie Marotto, AuD, CCC-A
Carol Flaim, RN
Joyce Baiardi, RN
David Frumberg, MD
GLOBAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Susan Danberg, OD, FCOVD
Chris Agro, OD
Catherine Chiles, MD
Special Olympics Connecticut is looking for healthcare professionals to help us break down the barriers to quality healthcare for those with intellectual disabilities. Fill out the form to start a conversation on how you or your organization can get involved.
Be in the know – for the latest information on upcoming health screenings for athletes, follow-up care guidance and overall health & wellness tips, check out the athlete’s resources below:
Upcoming Health Screenings
August 5th New England Trail Sensory Walk
East River Preserve, Guilford, 10am-2pm
Description: Create a more dynamic awareness of the land beneath your footsteps as we engage with place and self through walking during this sensorial workshop led by Bibi Caldero, a certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide.
September 9-10th Unified Sports® Fall Festival
Health Promotion at Bocce, Scalzi Park 10am-2pm
Health Promotion at Softball, 10am-2pm
September 30th 2017 SOCT Leadership & Health Summit
Fit Feet and Special Smiles screenings
Parent/Guardian health breakouts include:
How to Navigate the Follow up Care Process & Moving into Adult Healthcare - What Parents Need to Know?
October 29th Unified Sports® Fitness Club - Universal Walk
Mitchell College, 10am-2pm
For more information, please contact Caitlin Daikus, Senior Coordinator, Health Programs at 203-230-1201 ext. 238.
Health & Wellness Education
*Please check back periodically for added topics.
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