Does autism qualify for Special Olympics?

Can people with autism join the Special Olympics?

Special Olympics volunteers and coaches are experienced working with young people and adults with autism. The goal is to find a sport that is best suited to each athlete, whether the athlete has sensory or socialization issues—or just needs a confidence-booster.

What conditions qualify for Special Olympics?

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. (They may also have a physical disability.)

Does autism fall under special needs?

IDEA Disability Categories

Tim qualifies for special education services under the educational category “autism.” The IDEA federal legislation has defined the eligibility category of “autism” as a disability that affects communication and social interaction.

Which is not a qualification for Special Olympics?

If the functional limitations are solely due to physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, behavior disorders, specific learning disabilities, visual impairments, or sensory disabilities, this person is not eligible for Special Olympics.

Is autism a disability?

Autism is a neurological developmental disability with an estimated prevalence of one to two percent of the American and worldwide population. The diversity of the disability means that each person’s individual experience of autism and needs for supports and services can vary widely.

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What is the age limit for the Olympics?

According to the official Olympics website, there is no age limit for those wanting to compete. Under rule 42, it states: “There may be no age limit for competitors in the Olympic Games other than as prescribed in the competition rules of an IF as approved by the IOC Executive Board.”

What category is autism under in idea?

Under IDEA, autism is defined as:

IMPORTANT POINT: Most practitioners and educators believe autism is a “spectrum” disorder, a group of disorders with similar features, which can range from mild to severe. Throughout this series we will refer to “autism” as “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD).

What happens when my autistic child turns 18?

Parents of children with special needs should be concerned with who will make medical and financial decisions once the child turns 18. Once a child reaches 18, the parents can no longer legally make decisions for them. The child is presumed be an adult and therefore have the ability to make his or her own decisions.

What category does autism fall under?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.