A family with a member who has an intellectual disability is just like any other family. The only difference is that, at times, they feel confused and isolated. These feelings may cause a disconnect with the valuable community resources available to them.
Our Family Program
The Special Olympics New Jersey Family program provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment; a community of families who focus on the values of acceptance, awareness and respect. This unique program provides the resources, hope and opportunity to become advocates – empowering families to become the valued voice of our movement.
The family program connects Special Olympics families with new families and provides support and information in a critical time of need in the following ways:
- Provides educational, sports and training workshops
- Creates opportunities for family members to become advocates for the Special Olympics movement
- Brings families together to share ideas, issues and common interests
- Encourages new families to join Special Olympics
- Builds strong communities