Special Olympics Collaboration

Project Implicit is excited to introduce a collaboration with the Special Olympics on a new Implicit Association Test, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities IAT.

This IAT is intended to measure the strength of associations between Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities related concepts (e.g. “Developmental Delay”, “Typical Development”) and positive or negative evaluations (e.g., “Worthy”, “Incompetent”). 

People are typically quicker to respond when items that are more closely related in their mind share the same button. Consistent with this, if you take the IAT you might find one pairing (e.g. “Typical Development” and “Worthy”) easier than the other. 

We encourage you to take a test to learn more about what associations you may have and to use this test as a springboard for conversations around biases and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Interested in participating in a study about biases related to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conducted by Special Olympics? 

Want to just take the IAT as an educational experience?

What is the mission of the Special Olympics?

The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

If you want to learn more about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, you can visit the Special Olympics website here.

If you have questions about this collaboration or the Implicit Association Tests, please contact the Project Implicit Team at collab@projectimplicit.net.