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Your Stories

May 27, 2016 | North America: New Mexico

Spreading Kind for My Son.

By Hope Colebrook

My son passed away from a Leukodystrophy (disease of the brains white matter) called Alexander disease. I fight to end the word in his honor.View Story ▼My son passed away from a Leukodystrophy (disease of the brains white matter) called Alexander disease. I fight to end the word in his honor. For children and adults like him across the world. They deserve better from their fellow humans.

About Hope Colebrook :I am a wife and mom of three, 2 on earth and one in Heaven. I have a desire to make the world a more kind place.
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May 27, 2016 | North America: Massachusetts

I have high functioning Autism and the R-word DOESN'T FLY WITH ME

By Kaela Fields

Whenever I hear people say the r-word at my school, I ALWAYS try to make an effort to tell them that that word is offensive and they shouldn't use it.View Story ▼Whenever I hear people say the r-word at my school, I ALWAYS try to make an effort to tell them that that word is offensive and they shouldn't use it. I have many friends with disabilities. One of my friends Rachael has autism but she is lower functioning on the spectrum. She can talk but she has a stuttering issue along with it. But I can tell you this, she is the sweetest girl and she is just so happy and friendly. I hope later in life to be a theraputic riding instructor and help autistic kids on horses and make a change in this world. To all the people out there that use the R-word, please stop using this word because you don't know who you're hurting. You'll say "but I'm not DIRECTLY talking about people with special needs" but you're wrong. Every time you use that word, you are STEREOTYPING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES!!!! SO PLEASE STOP!!!!

About Kaela Fields:My name is Kaela. I was born with high functioning autism. Through my elementary school years, I was always the outcast. I never felt like in. Fast forward to now--I have many friends.
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May 27, 2016 | North America: Texas

People don't even think!

By Holly

I have a son with Down Syndrome and many other difficulties and even family members say the r-word in everyday conversation.View Story ▼I have a son with Down Syndrome and many other difficulties and even family members say the r-word in everyday conversation. Do they not realize that this word was the ONLY word to describe a person with Downs' when I was growing up and it is very demoralizing and hurtful.

About Holly:My son is amazing and is such a brave guy and deserves a POSITIVE word to describe him :)
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May 27, 2016 | North America: Pennsylvania

My Brother

By Greg M. Gilrain

Having a brother with an intellectual disability made me take action at the North Penn High School which we both attend.View Story ▼Having a brother with an intellectual disability made me take action at the North Penn High School which we both attend. He graduates this year of 2016, I'm graduating next year of 2017 and continuing the campaign and pledge every year!

About Greg M. Gilrain:I'm 17 years old, a junior at North Penn High School. I'm the Campaign President for my school to Spread The Word To End The Word. I run this campaign and planning to do it every year.
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May 18, 2016 | North America: Connecticut

Mystic Middle School

By mms

My school is doing a pledge and if you sigh the poster that says spread the word to end the word you get a bracellet that says it.View Story ▼My school is doing a pledge and if you sigh the poster that says spread the word to end the word you get a bracellet that says it. I have ADHD and i have had people call me the r word but I stand up for myself and other people at my school. please help us get rid of the r word

About mms:I love singing and pandas
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  • I have a brother who has Muscular Dystrophy and is continually fighting for his life. I hear the r word all the time with him. I can't stand it. I pledge to end the R wor...

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    Paul Davis

    Edmond , Oklahoma
    2016 hours ago

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    Shelbyville , Tennessee
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    Tampa, Florida
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    Jakarta Utara, Indonesia
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    Lincoln, Nebraska
    2088 hours ago

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