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April 21, 2015 | Why I Support Special Olympics

stop the r word spread the love

By alexa

My mom works with kids with special needs and she's my role model. A student passing by said the r word once. She stopped him, and explained that is a very inconsiderate word...View Story ▼My mom works with kids with special needs and she's my role model. A student passing by said the r word once. She stopped him, and explained that is a very inconsiderate word... So the other day a bunch of kids at my school had to sit with a special needs kid and kept talking about how messy he ate and referring to him as a retard. I did what my mom had done. After a while I realized I couldn't do it alone and I got a group of friends and we made posters with permission and we marched with the special needs students through the school. Special Olympics has helped me to see, there are soooo many people trying to help. I fully and utterly support this movement ! BTW, I'm 11.

About alexa:ummmmm yeah
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April 21, 2015 | North America: Iowa

i thought the letter r stood for racism.

By chelsea

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i realize it does not.. but i support ridding of both r words.View Story ▼i realize it does not.. but i support ridding of both r words.

About chelsea:I love all people.
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April 21, 2015 | North America: Kansas

GOING THE WRONG WAY!!!!!!!

By Ian

You're going the wrong way!!!! All of this shunning, has BECOME ASSOCIATED with boys and girls with downs syndrome and other similar DNA defects!View Story ▼You're going the wrong way!!!! All of this shunning, has BECOME ASSOCIATED with boys and girls with downs syndrome and other similar DNA defects! Please... I beg of you. Spread the word that retarded means something that is dumb and looks really foolish. Please. It's a weapon that no one has seen yet. It's a weapon to counterattack the attacks from the media on our younger generation. Please... just make a poster to say in the same format but with a photo of a child with down's syndrome saying in the same font: "I'm not RETARDED. I was just born with a third chromosome." This reminds people of the other colloquial usage of "retarded." It will be more effective. Put the one using the word "chromosome" in high schools with an image of a high school-er with down's syndrome, and make a sign with the image of a younger person with down's syndrome in elementary schools. That's where most of the bullying occurs. Stop it at it's source. Don't eliminate the word. Calling someone => humbleness

About Ian:In 3rd grade, my best friend, Henry, had down's syndrome. When people talked to him like a little kid, I would tell them to speak to him normally that he wasn't stupid. The results were amazing.
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April 21, 2015 | North America: Utah

Clear the feed

By Meagan S.

Since I know and love people with intellectual disabilities the "r-word" is like nails on a chalkboard to my ears. It makes me sick to my stomach how casually it is used.View Story ▼Since I know and love people with intellectual disabilities the "r-word" is like nails on a chalkboard to my ears. It makes me sick to my stomach how casually it is used. One day I saw it on my Twitter feed by one of my friends, I was curious how many people were using this word in their tweets so I searched the r word in the search box. My heart just ached about how many awful things were being tweeted using this word. People don't realize how hurtful it is to those with disabilities and those who love someone with a disability. This word does not define them because they are NOT retarded, they are the most genuine and special people. This world needs more people like them. STOP USING THE R-WORD AND MAKING THEM FEEL AS IF THEY ARE LESS OF A HUMAN THAN YOU. Let's clear the feed. Not only stop using this word on Twitter but all together, eliminate it from your vocabulary for good!

About Meagan S.:I'm part of best buddies at pleasant grove highschool. I have always admire those with intellectual disabilities and, im so sick of people using this word in such a negative matter.
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April 16, 2015 | North America: New York

HAVING A HARD DAY? READ HERE

By Your Lover

Okay, this isn't a story. But if you are having a hard day or if someone you know is, read this.View Story ▼Okay, this isn't a story. But if you are having a hard day or if someone you know is, read this. Look, no matter how much people tease you, no matter how many tears you shed, know that you have a heart. Know that you have a big heart for even coming here and clicking that "Pledge & Be Heard" sign. Just think about that. Those people who keep teasing you are too shy to be nice. It takes more gut to be nice than to be mean. I bet you anything if a group of people is ganging up on you, one of them is thinking if this is the right thing to do. One of them is tempted to become your friend. And think that no matter what, at least 1 person in the world would die for you. Everyone at Special Olympics cheers you on as you roll down the sidewalks in your wheelchair or as you try hard to talk. Think about that.

About Your Lover:I encourage people. I hope you are feeling better now!!
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