Eunice Shriver (1921–2009)

August 12, 2009

Remembering Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who did much for raising public awareness of people with cognitive disabilities and bringing those individuals into mainstream society. Think about how people with mental retardation were treated in 1968 and compare it to today. Special Olympics played a huge part in making those advancements.

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This is particularly meaningful for me because Special Olympics, which is one of the most powerful movements for people with disabilities that has ever existed, used play as a vehicle for its mission. Reflecting on this reminds me that my focus on play is not a frivolous waste of time, but integral to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.

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It is hard to be sad. Mrs. Shriver led a long and productive life and left a legacy far, far larger than herself that will last for long time.

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