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August 19, 2014 | North America: Georgia

The R-word..What Does It Really Mean?

By Flo Mayes

My daughter sees your stares and she cries. She hates going out in public and I understand that. She is the person no one else wants to be, but she is my super hero.View Story ▼Being the mom of 40 yr. old Christina, who has Dpwn syndrome and mild autism, qualifies me to say that the R-word refers to a person who has to fight battles every day not only to conquer their own limitations, but also against the preconceived and incorrect perception of what society at large thinks the R-word means. Why do people think my daughter is somehow not human and incapable of feeling emotion? It is quite the opposite. Why do people talk about her right in front of her like she isn't even there? Why do people brazenly stare at her as if she can't see them? Ignorant and inconsiderate are the words to describe their actions, which I am sure they would be offended if I called them that. MY DAUGHTER IS A HUMAN BEING WITH FEELINGS LIKE ANYBODY ELSE! She sees your stares and she cries. She hates going out in public and I understand that. She is the person no one else wants to be, but she is my super hero.

About Flo Mayes:I am Christina's and her four younger siblings mom. Semi-retired but very busy still.
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August 18, 2014 | North America: New Hampshire

My children.

By T.W.

My oldest child was profoundly intellectually disabled, and he died at 10 years old. My oldest daughter was 6 at the time. When she was 10 years old, she came home crying because the meanest girl in the neighborhood had called her brother a "retard".View Story ▼My oldest child was born handicapped. He was profoundly intellectually disabled, among a myriad of other anomalies, and he died at ten years old. My oldest daughter was 6 at the time. When she was 10 years old, she came home crying because the meanest girl in the neighborhood had called her brother a "retard". Even though we had known his diagnosis and it had never bothered us until that time. I went to that girl's house and confronted her mother. I was never so angry in my life! The mother didn't there was anything wrong with it! Needless to say, my daughter never again played with the mean girl.

About T.W.:I am the mother of three wonderful children.
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August 13, 2014 | North America: Texas

Why I got into Meet in the Middle Project Unify

By Malerie Corbell

I've only been in Meet in the Middle for a little over a year and I've not only made a difference in their lives (athletes) but they've made a difference in mine. They've turned my whole life around and on the right course.View Story ▼My name is Malerie Corbell, and I took the pledge to end the r-word. I took the pledge and joined the Meet in the Middle group because I've had a lot of personal problems. Over the past 4 years I've had severe depression and wanted a change. I've only been in MIM for a little over a year and I've not only made a difference in their lives (athletes) but they've made a difference in mine. They've turned my whole life around and on the right course. I've also recently went to a Project Unified conference in Austin and learned so many new things and have so many new ideas for my school and how to spread the word to my community.

About Malerie Corbell :I am 15 years old. I am a unified partner, youth participant, and I guess you could say a volunteer. I absolutely LOVE being a part of Special Olympics and Project Unify!
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August 12, 2014 | North America: Maryland

You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To

By This Is Me

At first, I didn't think I could do anything about their use of the word, but when they called my best friend's mother the r-word, something exploded inside of me. I approached them, and explained that it was hurtful to me and many others when they used the r-word.View Story ▼I can't tell you how many times I've heard the r-word being casually flung around in every day conversations. The girls I used to sit with on the bus used it so often to describe people we would drive past. It made me extremely angry. At first, I didn't think I could do anything about their use of the word, but when they called my best friend's mother the r-word, something exploded inside of me. I approached them, and explained that it was hurtful to me and many others when they used the r-word. They simply sneered at me. I eventually asked a trusted teacher for advice. The next day, all the teachers in the 6th grade were giving a speech about the use of the r-word, and how many people around the world, and even in our little town were being hurt by the word. Remember, you can accomplish anything that you care so passionately about.

About This Is Me: This asthmatic who loves to run and play sports looks up to those who don't let their medical disabilities stand in the way of doing what they love to do. It only matters what you believe about you.
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August 08, 2014 | North America: Illinois

I'm proud to be a special person

By Kennith forestlone

My parents tell me I've just stopped growing up. So I'm happy I'm like Peter Pan. I keep my happy thoughts and I avoid pirates. Lol.View Story ▼My parents tell me I've just stopped growing up. So I'm happy I'm like Peter Pan. I keep my happy thoughts and I avoid pirates. Lol.

About Kennith forestlone:I'm 35. I'm a collage graduate. I have my own car. I have my own wife and kids:) it's hard keeping a job but I know I'm loved.
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