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September 25, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Keep Track of Organization Pledges on R-word.org

By Will Schermerhorn

In this screenshot, you can see the web address includes the term "?org=MySchool" and in the pledge form, you can see that "MySchool" is filled in.

Our Spread the Word to End the Word website at R-word.org has a new feature that makes it easier for organizations and schools to keep track of how many of their friends have pledged.View Story ▼Our Spread the Word to End the Word website at R-word.org has a new feature that makes it easier for organizations and schools to keep track of how many of their friends have pledged. On the R-word pledge form, there has always been a place to enter the name of a school or organization. Some R-word leaders want to know how many people from their group have pledged. Unless every uses the exact same name for their school or organization, it's hard to tally up. As of today, though, leaders can distribute a special web address that includes the name of their organization. The web address looks like this: http://r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx?org=MySchool. Leaders can copy that web address and add the name of their organization, then send it to others in the organization. When someone uses that web address, the School/Organization information is filled in automatically. Using the R-word.org site search to look for the name of the organization is now more reliable.

About Will Schermerhorn:I am the director of web products for Special Olympics.
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September 23, 2014 | North America: Virginia

My Friends

By Zachary Barnett

I have some friends that both have autism and cerebral palsy. They are some of my best friends and they have inspired me in so many ways to stand up to the r-wordView Story ▼I have some friends who both have autism and cerebral palsy. They are some of my best friends and they have inspired me in so many ways to stand up to the r-word.

About Zachary Barnett:I am a middle school student who wants to stand up to the r-word :)
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September 23, 2014 | North America: Oregon

"Retardo"

By Nancy

When I was very young (age 6-9) and lived in Texas, I was the subject of major bullying. Although I have no physical or developmental disabilities, I was teased, every morning, at the bus stop by a large group of kids.View Story ▼When I was very young (age 6-9) and lived in Texas, I was the subject of major bullying. Although I have no physical or developmental disabilities, I was teased, every morning, at the bus stop by a large group of kids - something like 20 of them! They would all chant repeatedly, at the top of their voices: "Retardo, Retardo, Retardo!" This continued until the bus arrived to take us all to school. There was no other reason than the fact that they didn't like me and wanted to hurt my feelings. Well, it worked! My feelings were hurt every weekday by this group of little jerks. I was bullied from the age of 6 and it continued through high school! It taught me one thing: bullying is NOT COOL! I never allowed my kids to do it, nor did I allow anyone to bully them!

About Nancy:54 yo married woman. Just celebrated our 24th! Love my hubby. Retired. Hobbies are bowling, golfing, computers, crocheting, camping. Love my friends, too. Volunteered for Special Olympics once! FUN!
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September 20, 2014 | North America: Connecticut

Cerebral Palsy

By Logan Lavallee

I got bullied everyday because of my disability. I hate it when people around me at the r-word "retard" because I get upset by it. TAKE THE PLEDGE TO SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD!!!!!!!View Story ▼I got bullied everyday because of my disability. I hate it when people around me at the r-word "retard" because I get upset by it. TAKE THE PLEDGE TO SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD!!!!!!!

About Logan Lavallee:I'm funny
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September 15, 2014 | North America: Utah

Why I Never Liked Misuse of the Word Retarded

By Selena Barrows

One day a boy called me retarded. It hurt me because I started thinking of what he would call my brother if he were to meet him with no knowledge of his disability.View Story ▼My little brother has autism. He is very low functioning and does not talk and cannot do basic things you and I can do. One day a boy called me retarded. It hurt me because I started thinking of what he would call my brother if he were to meet him with no knowledge of his disability. The boy continued to call me a retard. After I told the counselor, she called him in. It stopped. When I mention my brother in conversation, and forget to mention his autism, people sometimes hesitantly ask if he is dumb. I reply with a simple, "Nope. He has Autism." While we can't make people stop using this word, we can at least make a difference. I also have Asperger's- and fear I will be a victim of that cruel word if I tell people. I shouldn't have to live in fear of telling others about my differences. I shouldn't feel insecure. I hope for a change- something this site can hopefully bring. Let this show you what it feels like to be retarded when you're not.

About Selena Barrows:I am the sister of a beautiful Autistic boy, and I've been called retarded. I hope that my story will help others realized the effects that word has on someone when misused. I also have Asperger's....
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