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September 12, 2014 | North America: Virginia

my life

By sarah shockley

Hi my name is Sarah I'm 22 years old. I got bullied everyday that I went to school. It made me feel like I wasn't a person.View Story ▼Hi my name is Sarah I'm 22 years old. I got bullied everyday that I went to school. It made me feel like I wasn't a person. Then I start to go to young life and they made me feel better about myself.so now I'm trying to spread the word to end the word, too.

About sarah shockley:Hi my name is Sarah and I been doing swimming for 6 years with special olympics.
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September 11, 2014 | North America: Texas

Better Rocks Than Words

By Tania Coombes

As a child in the '70s, I was called "retarded" by my peers. I'd run home from school crying as the kids shouted that word at my back. It seared itself into my ears and into my mind.View Story ▼As a child in the '70s, I was called "retarded" by my peers. I'd run home from school crying as the kids shouted that word at my back. It seared itself into my ears and into my mind. I would hit my head repeatedly on the floor, trying to get it out. Fast forward to 2014. I'm now 42 and my able-bodied, "normal" boyfriend uses "retarded" to describe himself when he fumbles the remote control with his non-dominate hand. Stunned, I ask him to repeat himself, and he utters "that word" again. He acts as if it's nothing and can't understand why it upsets me. I remind him what happened to me as a child and the effect it had--and still has. He says he use to get rocks thrown at him. I would have gladly taken the rocks, I say. Each time I was called "retarded," it felt like getting hit with ten rocks at once. The emotional pain never went away. I'd like to think the "r-word" would die if we didn't use it, but there are those who keep it alive. Yep, better rocks than words.

About Tania Coombes:I was born with physical impairments, but was intellectually "normal." My son has cerebral palsy and other challenges, but has so far been spared the cruelty I faced growing up.
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September 09, 2014 | North America: Florida

Spread awareness to end it!

By Lauren Stern

Everyone is a person, we are all equal. Just because someone might be different doesn't mean we should use derogatory terms.View Story ▼Everyone is a person, we are all equal. There are many paths in life people take to reach a goal. Just because someone might be different doesn't mean we should use derogatory terms. Every child--and adult is a blessing! We are all unique and that's what makes this world so amazing. I am consistently involved with organizations to promote confidence and character within my community and the world! No one should be singled out for being who they are, we all shine.

About Lauren Stern:My name is Lauren, I'm 19 years old. My wacky dream is to dive into a chocolate pudding swimming pool--who wouldn't want to? Most importantly, I am in school to become an educated advocator! :)
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September 04, 2014 | North America: Northern California

Listening Around Me

By Megan McCareins

Something pulled me into the special ed room of my high school freshman year, and I asked to join Best Buddies because I wanted to make a new friend or two who would be fun to hang out with.View Story ▼Something pulled me into the special ed room of my high school freshman year, and I asked to join Best Buddies because I wanted to make a new friend or two who would be fun to hangout with. Best Buddies introduced me to my friend Kevin who is different than and similar to me. I cannot complain about sensory overload at work while sitting next to him. We spent a lot of time in high school during the day together, watching movies at lunch, listening to each other laugh and comment during scenes. After watching a movie with Kevin, I left the special ed room at a smooth pace headed toward my next class. Hanging out with Kevin, a unique member of our student body because of his distinct communication patterns brought on by autism, brought me perspective on my surroundings and the communication patterns of my peers that I did not always agree with. I liked listening to Kevin more than listening to chatter in the halls, when people used the r-word to hurt others.

About Megan McCareins:I became President of ETHS' Best Buddies Chapter and along with the help of our chapter, brought the "Spread the Word" campaign to ETHS. I'm now living and working in San Francisco in Communications.
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September 03, 2014 | North America: Indiana

Why is it Such a Big Deal?

By Madison Carver

I haven't realized it until now but calling people "retards" is really offensive. It hurts people with mental disabilities and the people who support them.View Story ▼I haven't realized it until now but calling people "retards" is really offensive. It also hurts people with mental disabilities and the people who support them. Just thinking what is someone called you a retard everyday of your life? What would you do? We need to respect people with mental disabilities because they are people too.

About Madison Carver:I am an 8th grader at Wes-Del middle school and I used to use the "r" word not knowing that it hurt people but I've taken the pledge and I hope other people will too!
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As one of Houston’s exceptional community partners, we invite your sponsorship with BJE to garner awareness and resources to help realize our mission and goals on behalf of Houston’s youth and adults with unique abilities. On Saturday, October 11, 2014, our Historical All Diverse Ability Walk, Run & Roll charitable event will occur in Houston, TX. This event is slated to attract a few thousand able-bodied participants and people with unique abilities, from across the State of Texas and beyond. The proceeds from this event will benefit the BJE Ambassador Program,
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