# Self advocacy
Dean Hart Nassau County Optometrist and Scientist Volunteers At The 2022 NYC Summer Special Olympics
Dean Hart Nassau County Optometrist handing out glasses to athletes at the special olympics.Dean Hart. In 1969 the Special Olympics New York program was established by Dorothy Buehring Phillips, and the first state Summer games were held in June 1970. This event was created for participating athletes that are considered neurodivergent. This term is inclusive of those who have down syndrome and autism.