Special Olympics Summer Sounds
Despite severe needs and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are often denied health services and die on average 16 years sooner than the general population. A $250,000 gift from Starkey Hearing Technologies and Starkey Hearing Foundation is helping Special Olympics train more hearing health providers and make healthy hearing more inclusive of people with ID. At the Abu Dhabi World Games, 2,714 athletes and Unified partners were screened at Special Olympics Healthy Hearing. 478 hearing aids were distributed among 251 athletes and Unified partners from 67 delegations and 74 athletes received aftercare on site.