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April 22, 2015 | North America: Ohio

Bye Bye to the R word

By Madelyn

My brother and cousin both have Down Syndrome and they both have the biggest hearts. It truly makes me upset when I hear people using the R-word and them not even being bothered when saying it.View Story ▼My brother and cousin both have Down Syndrome and they both have the biggest hearts. It truly makes me upset when I hear people using the R-word and them not even being bothered when saying it. Whenever I hear someone say the word, I correct them right after and help make them realize how offending it is to others. I started talking to a guy about 3 months ago and he used the word all the time. I have told him many times how offending that word is and how he should really stop saying it. The other night one we were all out with a group of friends and of his buddies said the R-word. Before I could even say anything he looked to his buddy and told him to never say that word and explained to him how offending the word truly is. It was amazing seeing him spreading the word to end the word!!

About Madelyn:19 year old from BGSU
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April 22, 2015 | North America: New York

Love Knows No Limits

By Karen O

I grew up with my uncle who had Down syndrome & my brother Jon who developed cerebral palsy shortly after birth. This was the 1960's, so Jon ended up in an institution at age 4.View Story ▼I grew up with my uncle who had Down syndrome & my brother Jon who developed cerebral palsy shortly after birth. This was the 1960's, so Jon ended up in an institution at age 4. Sadly, he never again lived with our family & I didn't see him for a number of years. I began searching for him after my friend, who had a heart for people with disabilities, encouraged me to. She treated her friends with disabilities like all the rest of her friends and I was able to find a kind social worker ( I knew my brother was living in my area ); she set up a meeting at a local bagel shop. Apparently when she asked him about meeting me after probably ten years apart, he responded with an enthusiastic "yes!". He didn't know we'd be meeting that day & when he was brought in the shop, he called out my name and rushed over for a big hug. Since that day in 1985, we meet up once a month or so to visit & do things together. We have Jon overnight on his birthday every year and just enjoy our relationship.

About Karen O:Retired nurse
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April 21, 2015 | North America: Cayman Islands

Good luck!

By Encourage people!!

This isn't a story. I just wanted to say good luck to all of the Special Olympics participants. If you know someone who is competing, please wish them good luck!! Have fun to all the competitors!! You will come home with a smile and a medal.View Story ▼This isn't a story. I just wanted to say good luck to all of the Special Olympics participants. If you know someone who is competing, please wish them good luck!! Have fun to all the competitors!! You will come home with a smile and a medal.

About Encourage people!!:Again, good luck!! Cheer people on!!
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April 21, 2015 | North America: Ohio

Too many years I lived with the r-word.

By Samantha Shanti

At age 8, I couldn't read or write at all, and people could not/would not understand how I was different and support my needs and desire to grow. Lots of testing and then the news: I was mentally retarded.View Story ▼At age 8, I couldn't read or write at all, and people could not/would not understand how I was different and support my needs and desire to grow. Lots of testing and then the news: I was mentally retarded. It was a diagnosis then, and it was applied to me. From that point on my father called me 'The retard' and it hurt. Momma loved me and helped me learn and grow the way she did. Wasn't until I was 48 years old that I found out that Autism is what I live with. I'm autistic, not "retarded" and yes I'm different, but I'm no less a person than anyone else. So this campaign has real meaning to me.

About Samantha Shanti:50 year old Autistic woman, wife, widow, girlfriend. I've lived a heck of a life overshadowed by the r-word. Finally I'm free.
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April 21, 2015 | North America: New York

Perseverance is the key to your future.

By Jean Daly

I remember I use to be a peer mediator who helps children and your classmates who are sad, crying or not being their usual. So one day this girl was crying and she said she was getting bullied.View Story ▼I remember I use to be a peer mediator who helps children and your classmates who are sad, crying or not being their usual. So one day this girl was crying and she said she was getting bullied. Then she was crying hysterically. I grabbed napkins and wiped her face. She said no one likes her and she doesn't think she is special to be on this world. She said she wanted to kill herself. Then i said you are special. Your mom and dad made you because you are special. You have a mission on earth to accomplish and that is making your parents proud and living your life. As i continued i also said not everyone is perfect but you need to have perseverance. And people called her names such as retarded and everything thing else. I told it is not what people see you physically they need to know your inside who you really are. As i continued a tear fell from my eyes, saying you are a beautiful young woman and ignore what people say because you are special and God created for this reason.

About Jean Daly:Well i am jean daly and i am a female 11 yrs of age in 7th grade at cunningham IS234 and i like sports like i am athletic. I am a fun person ilke to make jokes because i like to smiles on people face.
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