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Co-presenting with Ms Mukta Narain Thind at Maidan Summit 2011, Mr Denzil Keelor shared how Special Olympics use sport as a stage to demonstrate capabilities to build an inclusive and cohesive community. They do this by changing the attitudes of communities towards persons with disabilities by promoting acceptance, respect, recognition and eventually leading into a natural and receptive human behavior.
The presenters supported the view that sport provides the most enjoyable, beneficial and challenging activities for athletes with intellectual disabilities, and helps in their social mainstreaming. Briefing the audience on the accomplishments of special athletes, they said that given a chance, they could become more productive citizens. Mr Keelor elaborated on how Special Olympics activities strengthen people with intellectual disabilities physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, with a special mention to how the athletes move from Special Olympics training into schools and community programmes where they further compete in regular sporting activities.