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Healthy Athletes®

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

GET INVOLVED

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Healthy Athletes - Get Involved!

Talk to Me: Treating People with Intellectual Disabilities with Respect

HEALTH Disciplines

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Fit Feet

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Kurt Rode, DPM

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PROVIDER LIST

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FUNfitness

CLINICAL DIRECTORS
Heidi Adamski, PT, MS
Colleen Langlais, PT, MS

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Healthy Hearing

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Jamie Marotto, AuD, CCC-A

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Health Promotion

CLINICAL DIRECTORS
Carol Flaim, RN
Joyce Baiardi, RN

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MedFest

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

David Frumberg, MD

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Opening Eyes

GLOBAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Susan Danberg, OD, FCOVD

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Chris Agro, OD

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Special Smiles

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Deborah Redford-Badwal, DDS, PhD

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PROVIDER LIST

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Strong Minds

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Catherine Chiles, MD

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GET INVOLVED

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.

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RESOURCES

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:

 

This website is solely provided as an information source for our Healthy Athletes® program, listing healthcare providers who may be willing to follow up with our athletes who have been screened in Special Smiles or Fit Feet.

Special Olympics Connecticut and Special Olympics, Inc. (collectively “Special Olympics”) make no representations about these healthcare providers and recommends that you make an independent investigation of any healthcare provider that you choose. Special Olympics does not recommend or endorse any physician that can be found using this website, and Special Olympics does not verify the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any healthcare provider that may be found by using this website.

Special Olympics disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for particular purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, Special Olympics does not warrant or represent that any information provided by any healthcare provider listed on this website is accurate or complete.

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