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What is this research about? He aha te kaupapa o taua nei rakahau?

Special Olympics is an organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand that encourages people with learning disabilities to become involved in sport. But sometimes people with learning disabilities:

  • Don’t know about Special Olympics, sports or physical activities;
  • Can’t be involved in Special Olympics, sports or physical activities;
  • Or don’t want to be involved in Special Olympics, sports or physical activities.

This research asks the question: Why?

We want to learn more about what people with learning disabilities think and know about Special Olympics, sports and physical activities.


Who can participate in this research? Mā wai e whakauru?

We want to talk to 15 people with learning disabilities between the ages of 18 and 35 who are not involved with Special Olympics at the moment.

We also want to talk to their family, whānau, agia and close supporters. We will ask participants with learning disabilities to tell us who in their family, whānau, aiga or close supporters they think we should talk to.

All participants must be over the age of 18 and be able to provide informed consent to participate.


What do I do if I want to learn more about the project? Mē pēhea au i whakatapoko i taua nei kaupapa?

To learn more about the project before you decide whether to take part, you can download and read the Easy Read information sheet below. If you still want to take part, please download and fill out the Easy Read interest form, or the online interest form. You can also contact our research team and we will send you an interest form by email or post. 

If you have any questions about the project, you can email the research team at:

or 0800 878 839 (this is a free phone and does not cost you money to call this number) 

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