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May 25, 2015 | North America: Kentucky

Why I dislike the Use of the R-word

By betty hamm

my sister in law had seizures and because of them her brain was affected. she had pneumonia and was on a ventilator. I was staying with her when the family doctor came in to talk to us. he used this word and she heard it.View Story ▼My sister in law had seizures and because of them her brain was affected. she had pneumonia and was on a ventilator. I was staying with her when the family doctor came in to talk to us. he used this word and she heard it. I was so upset I started crying! she passed away a month later from complications.

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May 25, 2015 | North America: Pennsylvania

Special Olympic Stadium

By Jason Winn

I'm head-injured, but have a very scientific mind. I admire Steven Hawking. I want to build the first Special Olympics STADIUM in the world.View Story ▼I'm head-injured, but have a very scientific mind. I admire Steven Hawking. I want to build the first Special Olympics STADIUM in the world. My girlfriend, my bowling buddies, are all disabled. I think the best of the best should be able to show to the world that we,"the disabled," are as capable as anyone else to do sports, activities and have fun. Why can't we be as awesome as the rest of the world? Hey, I'm just one person.... but together we... the disabled... can be as athletic, happy, passionate, caring and yes ... smart as everyone else. Dr. Shriver, let's do this for everyone and anyone who feels out of place or different. I know I've gone through all that stuff before. Some people who helped me were my bowling disabled group. It sucks that we are still categorized as different, or more harsh, the R-word. We know we are better than them, but it still hurts!!! I think we should have more TV shows, like that show in the 90's, "Good Life." We need to be recognized as people.

About Jason Winn:I'm a head injured man. i have a scientific mind and incredible ideas. aparently, nobody wants to listen except my roomate. we are both head injured. im 42, and want to share my incredible ideas with the rest of the world. it not like people really give a care what i think, except the world of disability. im taking advice from tony robbins and go forward and not backward. i want my thoughts and dreams to come true, so we" the disabled" can be noticed and appreciated by the rest of the world. i, myself have ao many bussiness ideas and plans. unfortunitly i need help from people who care about the disabled. i blew my counsilors mind when he saw my ideas. he works for the center for independent living in s. centrl p.a...... thank you so much for reading my little story. i hope we can work together to make a better disabled world!!!!!!.... jas
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May 18, 2015 | North America: New York

Secretly Autistic

By Tina

Being secretly autistic and being called the r word is extremely hard and scaring. But having someone to support you and have your back through it can help so much.View Story ▼I have autism Pdd Nos which is a milder view of autism. I am a 16 year old girl in her sophomore year of high school, but no one knows I'm autistic besides my parents, brother, and girlfriend. I've lived my life hearing the r word, being called the r word, and accepting that I am the r word. I have recently realized that I am not the r word people describe me as. I have a developmental problem that makes me lack social skills. I have recently started to correct everyone who says it due to being sick of constantly hearing it and being called it. The r word is said around me so much that it hurts even when its said in a sentence like, "that banana looks *the r word*". Being secretly autistic and being called the r word is extremely hard and scaring. But having someone to support you and have your back through it can help so much.

About Tina:I'm an autistic 16 year old sophomore girl. I am also openly gay with homophobic parents. No one in my school knows I'm autistic but my girlfriend.
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May 18, 2015 | North America: New York

Niskayuna High School Pledges Respect

By Olivia Kim

Niskayuna HS students sign to pledge to Spread the Word to End the Word

This past wednesday, May 13th, members of Nisky Friends, a school club designed to unite students both with and without disabilities, held a station in their school's main hallway, where students could stop by to make their pledge!View Story ▼This past Wednesday, May 13th, members of Nisky Friends, a school club designed to unite students both with and without disabilities, held a station in their school's main hallway, where students could stop by to make their pledge! The banner was made by Niskayuna art students, and students were also able to pick up their "I Pledged!" sticker! Nisky Friends raised upwards of 300 pledges! NHS chooses RESPECT!

About Olivia Kim:Ever since I was young, I was taught to respect the unique qualities in every individual. I believe that my brother's intellectual disability does not define him as a person. This ones for you, Brian!
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May 12, 2015 | North America: Northern California

Why I don't use it.

By Amber z

A lot of my friends use this term. I make comments when they do like "what do you mean by that" or "that's hurtful why would you say that" a lot of my friends think it's funny. I speak out a lot. I ask my friends "would you say that in front of the special needs kids?" There answers are, of course, no.View Story ▼I am a 14 year old girl. I help with Special Olympics all the time. This is my third year of helping doing swim for Special Olympics. I also help out with other Special Olympics events. It makes me happy to see the big smiles on the athletes' faces. I'm in my 8th grade year. At school I work with the special-needs kids with one of my friends. A lot of my friends use this term. I make comments when they do like "what do you mean by that" or "that's hurtful why would you say that" a lot of my friends think it's funny. I speak out a lot. I ask my friends "would you say that in front of the special needs kids?" There answers are, of course, no. So I ask as a response "then why use it when they aren't around" but I have taken the pledge and I hope to get my friends to do the same thing.

About Amber z:I am 14 years old. I have many friends. I am a 8th grader at Adams middle school. I wish people would use that term.
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