"You'll never be able to fit in."
"You won't be able to make friends."
"You'll never be able to move out of home."
"You won't be able to hold down a job."
"You'll never be able to win at anything."
Every day, all across New Zealand, Kiwis are being told they won't be able to do things we should all have a right to do.
Some people are directly told by someone, "You won't be able to do that".
Other times, there's just nowhere to go that specifically caters to their requirements.
With the right support, everyone with an intellectual disability can do anything they want to.
Special Olympics New Zealand provides lifelong training and support to ensure everyone with an intellectual disability has the chance to achieve their full potential — in sport and in life.
Change the narrative.
Donate to help us to help more Kiwis with an intellectual disability
Everyone with an intellectual disability is welcome in Special Olympics New Zealand.
When you donate to Special Olympics New Zealand, you are gifting a child or adult with an intellectual disability the joy of competition, the thrill of achievement, the long-term benefits of physical activity, and a sense of belonging.
Through Special Olympics, athletes are given opportunities to learn skills that transcend the playing field. They're empowered to be leaders in society. They go to school or hold jobs. They explore new hobbies and interests.
Special Olympics New Zealand has grown from four swimmers in 1983 to the over 6,000 athletes it serves today.
But we have a long way to go.
Your donation will allow us to reach out to the many people with an intellectual disability who are still being told they won't be able to fulfill their dreams.
It will give people lifelong opportunities to shine and a whānau where they will always feel they belong.