It is said that there is ability in disability. To this end, a day – the special Olympics day – is set aside for individuals with special needs to showcase their talents in athletics and other sports. The special Olympic games, which is organised and sponsored by Special Olympics Nigeria, is aimed at providing children and adults with intellectual disabilities, year-round sports training and opportunities for athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports. The special Olympic games spans 23 states of the federation with 24,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities participating.
Friday the 29th of November, 2019 was set aside as the special Olympics day of the Lagos state chapter of special Olympics Nigeria. The competition ended with 36 students of Do-Estdot international school carting away all available prizes in the three sport categories – Race, walking race and shot put. Of the 36 available medals, 9 male athletes and 2 female athletes, all of them students of Do-Estdot international school, emerged with gold medals while 9 male and 2 female athletes, emerged with silver medals.
In addition to exceling in sports, Do-estdot special unit is concerned with building children’s skills such as bead making, laundry, hairdressing, cookery, amongst others. More to that, the children’s motor skills such as fine motor, gross motor, visual motor, and motor planning are improved for better performance of activities.
Talking about her school’s success in the competition, the proprietress-Mrs Ogunbayo Esther stressed that apart from ensuring that the children’s motor skills are developed, her school usually concentrates on improving the hum of performance components which include cognitive and sensory processing