Through His Eyes..

Here is a short article about my time spent with a young man from Chicago with an intellectual Disability. After reading this, please go to the bottom of the page, click the link and help support our Kickstarter campaign. Thank You

By Daniel Hayes

Through His Eyes

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This is a story about a young man named Daniel Smrokoski, a young man with an intellectual disability. Founder of, Daniel has overcome many obstacles in his life. As a Special Olympics athlete and a Journalist, his desire to come to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games was a trip of a lifetime for this young man from Chicago, and with limited resources, it was a trip that almost didn’t happen. Along came the Knights Of Columbus of the High Desert, and with their support, airfare and travel expenses were provided to help make Daniel’s dream a reality. Over the course of 7 days, Daniel was able to interview many athletes from all around the globe, as well as the people who put the Special Olympics World Games together.


He was able to meet his friend for the first time in person, Tim Shriver, as well as Tim Shriver Jr, with whom Daniel was able to get an exclusive interview. One of the major events that Daniel was able to cover as a Journalist with full press credentials, was the opening ceremonies that took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. What an amazing night it was, and honestly, from this writer’s point of view, a night of pure inspiration. Watching Daniel as he walked around at field level, interacting with all of the reporters and photographers from ESPN and other major networks, he was truly at home in his element.

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This story is one that I hope can help bridge the gap in how people without any disabilities see others with either an intellectual and or a physical disability and realize that everyone is

different in some way, but, despite these differences, we can all strive for our own dreams and aspirations, and help each other to achieve them. Daniel had an incredible time while out here in Los Angeles, but the real news is how much he inspired so many others. I encourage you to check out his website,, and maybe even subscribe to his podcast which he has been doing for over 7 years now, you won’t be disappointed. So in the meantime, here are a few photos of Daniel at work, and while you browse through them, remember Daniel’s Tagline : “ GIVING RESPECT AND VOICE TO PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS”

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