Impact of Healthy Athletes

The need for Healthy Athletes is great. Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others, they typically receive sub-standard care, or virtually no health care at all. People with intellectual disabilities have poorer health, more specialized health care needs, and greater difficulty accessing health care services and doctors compared to the general population.  


         Findings at a Glance

  • People with intellectual disabilities have a 40% higher risk than the general population for several preventable health,
  • Most people are unaware of health disparities – 68% of people around the world think people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others.