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April 15, 2014 | North America: Colorado

My Inspirational Friend

By Nikki

My friend's mom came to my school to talk about the effects of the R-word. Everyone at my school was very inspired and we took this pledge to make the world a better place. I have met manView Story ▼My friend's mom came to my school to talk about the effects of the R-word. His sister has Down syndrome, and their family is very passionate about spreading the word to end the word. Everyone at my school was very inspired and we took this pledge to make the world a better place. I have met many people with Down syndrome and other disabilities, and they are all very nice, and definitely NOT retarded in any way. They are just like us. Everyone is unique, and deserves to be treated equally. I am in 5th grade, and even though I am young, it is important to help change our world.

About Nikki:I am in 5th grade, but very passionate about this cause. :)
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April 15, 2014 | North America: Colorado

A Dream

By Maia

My friend Xavier's mom came to school the other day and talked to us about how her daughter has down syndrome. That night, I dreamed that I had it.View Story ▼My friend Xavier's mom came to school the other day and talked to us about how her daughter has Down syndrome. That night, I dreamed that I had it. In the dream, I walked around and everywhere I looked, people where pointing and calling me retarded. I tried to cover my ears but it didn't work. I started running but couldn't escape. When I woke up, I understood even more how hurtful it can be.

About Maia:I have heard this word my whole life but now really know how it means.
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April 15, 2014 | North America: Colorado

A Dream

By Maia

My friend Xavier's mom came to school the other day and talked to us about how her daughter has down syndrome. That night, I dreamed that I had it.View Story ▼My friend Xavier's mom came to school the other day and talked to us about how her daughter has Down syndrome. That night, I dreamed that I had it. In the dream, I walked around and everywhere I looked, people where pointing and calling me retarded. I tried to cover my ears but it didn't work. I started running but couldn't escape. When I woke up, I understood even more how hurtful it can be.

About Maia:I have heard this word my whole life but now really know how it means.
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April 15, 2014 | North America: New Jersey

It hurts so deep...

By Nancy Edwards

I raised my niece with a learning disability. When someone around us used that word, I would cringe...but the pain in Karen's face spoke volumes.View Story ▼I raised my niece with a learning disability. When someone around us used that word, I would cringe...but the pain in Karen's face spoke volumes. Please be sensitive and think about if someone targeted your most sensitive weakness. Karen is a beautiful person with many strengths, striving to be successful like you and me. Karen participated in Special Olympics; many "normal" people can learn a lot by just attending one of their games.

About Nancy Edwards:I am a retired social worker and addictions specialist. I worked with troubled teens for many years utilizing art to heal. I continue to try to make a difference by using art to make a difference.
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April 15, 2014 | North America: Colorado

My Sister

By Xavier

My name is Xavier and I am 11. The R word affects me because my sister is disabled. But she is learning and I love her because she is my sister no matter what.View Story ▼My name is Xavier and I am 11. The R word affects me because my sister is disabled. But she is learning and I love her because she is my sister no matter what. I will always love her. She is so cute and I think everyone with disabilities are great. They might have a hard time with things that most people might not struggle with but for the disabilities -- learning how to walk or to talk or to write and other things as good as any person. So the R word should stop now!!!

About Xavier:I hate the R word
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Upcoming Events


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Apr 21 - 24 2014

Spread The Word To End The Word - Southwest Minnesota State University

There will be a week long booth set up in the lower student center, where students can learn about Spread the Word to End the Word and sign a pledge. Then on April 24th, there will be a panel of speakers talking about their involvement.
For more information
Rachel Wendlandt
Email :rachel.wendlandt@smsu.edu
Phone :507-380-2634
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Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.

Marshall , Minnesota
UNITED STATES

Apr 25, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spread The Word To End The Word Pledge Signing

We are hosting a booth in the Northern Colorado University Center to promote awareness of why people should cut out the use of the R-word and to encourage pledge signing.
For more information
Madeleine Raven
Email :rave1478@bears.unco.edu
Phone :3037041562
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University of Northern Colorado
2045 10th Avenue

Greeley, Colorado
UNITED STATES

May 8, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

R-Word Awareness Choral Concert - Blaine High School

Blaine High School Choirs will partner with their peers in special education to perform a new piece of music written by Nathan Jones. Nathan's music will be written with accommodations to better include musicians of all abilities. The concert will serve as an R-Word Campaign for the participating students and the audience.
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Caroline Hand
Email :handx021@umn.edu
Phone :903-279-8290
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Blaine High School
Blaine, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

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    ELK HORN, Kentucky
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