Today we welcome James Whitman from the Casco chapter as he shares with us a way he recently spoke up about an issue he believes needs to change. Welcome James!


I want to share that I wrote to the director of Special Olympics about an issue that needs to change. I have tried to be part of track and field for years but the issue is that they sometimes use a gun start to begin a race. The sound really upsets me. I feel so anxious that I try to leave the area. After that it usually takes me a couple of years of being nervous about track and field and not wanting to do it because of the loud noise. Then after a couple of years I forget and try it again but I start to get really anxious for days before the race and even at the race before it starts. I have asked that they get rid of the gun start and just use a hat or hand signal. I hope to hear back from Special Olympics soon. I feel it is important to speak up when things need to change. Have you felt anxious about really loud noises? I don’t think I am the only one. Some people with a developmental disability are bothered by loud noises. Please share your thoughts here.

If you would like to connect with James you can find him at our Casco Chapter meetings each Wednesday at 12:30 by using our zoom link at



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