On July 24, 2015, The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Century was released revealing the critical importance of connectedness to build positive social change.
The groundbreaking poll from Shriver Media and Special Olympics International shows that the more than half of Americans who have personal contact with someone with intellectual disabilities are increasingly accepting and positive. At the same time, lower than expected familiarity with those who have intellectual disabilities points to the reality that many still live in isolation. It also exposes that lack of contact has left a legacy of misinformation, dated stereotypes, ignorance and fear in the other nearly half of Americans.
Experience is clearly shown to be the game-changing ingredient in fostering positive attitudes towards people with intellectual disability. This report adds to the growing body of evidence that encourages us all in our own lives as well as policy-makers to look for opportunities to build respectful connections with others and further points to the reciprocal benefits of such connections for all involved.
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