Families with members who have an intellectual (learning) disability are like other families.
However, having a family member with special needs can sometimes introduce new and different challenges for families. Getting involved with Special Olympics gives families a chance to meet other families who have undergone similar challenges.
A network of Support and Welcome
At Lothian Special Olympics, we offer a network that connects experienced or “veteran” Special Olympics family members and friends with families and friends new to Special Olympics, so they can provide support and information in a critical time of need.
Our Family and Friends Network create opportunities to
- Match with families to share ideas, issues and common interests
- Volunteer in their loved one's sport training sessions and competitions
- Encourage new families and friends of people with intellectual disabilities to join Special Olympics, and
- Become advocates for the Special Olympics movement