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Special Olympics:

Jackson County Special Olympics

c/o Jennie Smith

1660 Winder Hwy

Jefferson, GA 30549






Special Olympics training and competition is open to every person who:

1. Has been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability, or

2. Has a cognitive delay, as determined by standardized measures, or

3. Has a closely related developmental disability, which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills (such as recreation, work, idependent living, self-direction, or self-care).

Persons whose functional limitations are based solely on physical, behavioral, or emotional disability or a specific learning or sensory disability are not eligible to participate as Special Olympics athletes. However, these individuals may be eligible to be Special Olympics Unified Sports Partners.

Participation in Special Olympics training and competition is open to all persons with an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay or a closely related developmental disability who meet the age requirements regardless of how mild or severe the person's disability, and whether or not that person also has other mental or physical disabilities.

There is no maximum age limitations for participation in Special Olympics. The minimum age requirement for participation in Special Olympics competition is eight years of age. Children 6-7 years of age may paricipate in age-appropriate Special Olympics training programs but may not paricipate in Special Olympics competition or be awarded medals or ribbons associated with competition. Such children may be recognized for their participation through certificates of participation.