Special Olympians rally for respect

02/10/2009 | Idaho Statesman (Boise), The

As thousands of students with developmental disabilities gathered for the Special Olympics Global Youth Unity Rally before the start of the organization's Winter Games in Idaho, celebrities with disabilities urged them to demand respect. Eddie Barbanell, an actor with Down syndrome, urged the athletes to press for an end to the "R-word," while Tim Shriver, son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, urged the crowd to focus on their different abilities rather than their disabilities.

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