Special Olympics piece on All Things Considered missed the mark

The "coming up" blurb at mid-hour said that we would be hearing about the benefits of Special Olympics from the athletes' perspectives, but then the quotes were all from parents of athletes. One was from a parent of a person with a disability who has not been a Special Olympics athlete. Really, it's not that hard to find a Special Olympics athlete who is verbal and can discuss his or her experiences; I know of several dozen such people. They undid the whole message about opportunities for people with disabilities by presenting the athlete's point of view through having a nondisabled person speak for them.


2 comments:

Jack said...

Here's a bit about the impact of Special Olympics from the POV of a participant -- ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/3512 -- it's the story of her "aha moment" and the impact that Special Olympics has had on her life. I think you'll find it inspirational.

All the best -- jack@ahamoment.com

eeka said...

Jack, thanks for that. It's really beautiful. While I of course value the perspectives from parents, particularly in cases where the athlete isn't verbal, I really would have loved to hear at least one first-person perspective like that on the NPR piece.