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March 04, 2015 | North America: Missouri

Speaking to Classmates.

By Felicity Bruegel

My school is notorious for using the R word. I am a freshman in high school. What am I supposed to do? Well the other day I stepped up and asked my teacher if I could speak to my class about the R word.View Story ▼My school is notorious for using the R word. I am a freshman in high school. What am I supposed to do? Well the other day I stepped up and asked my teacher if I could speak to my class about the R word. Ya see, I have an uncle with Down syndrome. I have never ONCE used that word because I realize just how hurtful that is to him. So today on 3-4-15, I will be speaking to a class of freshman about why not to use that word. My teacher has warned me against it because I have some very interesting people in my class. In that class the word gets dropped on the daily. I was informed that if I point out how much it bothers me, then it may be used against me. I just want to get through at least 1 persons head that it is not okay to use that word anymore. And that doctors do not even use it. It is insulting to my uncle and to everyone who is mentally disabled. It is not fair to use that as an insult to them. It's rude and degrading. Thank you.

About Felicity Bruegel:My uncle Seth has downs syndrome. I have always told people to not use that word around me or to not say it at all. My mom is a special Ed teacher. I want to completely get rid of the R word.
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March 04, 2015 | North America: Utah

Karston ' Story

By Alex Fox

My son is a future member of Jimmy's Jaguars. We are a community based team in the Salt Lake Valley. I don't want my son or any of my athletes talked down to and treated less than. Join us in getting rid of this word!View Story ▼My son is a future member of Jimmy's Jaguars. We are a community based team in the Salt Lake Valley. I don't want my son or any of my athletes talked down to and treated less than. Join us in getting rid of this word!

About Alex Fox:I am the head coach of Jimmy's Jaguars and board member for Special Olympics Utah. I represent TD Ameritrade and all of their support for this great organization.
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March 04, 2015 | North America: Tennessee

Harlow Everly

By chels munn

On August 13, my sister in law blessed us with a new beautiful baby girl to add to our family. Moments later we found out she had Down syndrome- I couldn't imagine Harlow any other way.View Story ▼On August 13, my sister in law blessed us with a new beautiful baby girl to add to our family. Moments later we found out she had Down syndrome- I couldn't imagine Harlow any other way. She has had many set backs, however seeing her grow and stay determined makes my heart smile and makes me the most proud aunt ever. In the past year & a half she's had surgeries, along with many seizures. Recently, we have found out she's seizure free & is now able to eat normal food! People don't realize how hurtful & disrespectful they are being using the R word. If they would spend one hour with my niece- or any special needs child- I feel they would change their vocabulary. I know I did.

About chels munn:Proud t21 aunt to my precious Harlow!
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March 04, 2015 | North America: North Carolina

My Nephew, Leaston James Easterling

By Dee Harvey

Lea J as he is called, is now 10 yrs. old. He can not communicate with normal people very well with words but he understands everything that is said to him. His knowledge is far from our reach.View Story ▼Lea J as he is called, is now 10 yrs. old. He can not communicate with normal people very well with words but he understands everything that is said to him. His knowledge is far from our reach. I have seen him take things that we have given up to the trash and fixed it. He is remarkable. He does things to him computer that we have yet to figure out how he did it. He can't tell us how but he takes care of the problem. He appears to be over-friendly and most people dont like that and then they want to use the r word. That is when this Auntie get very upset. He is a loving child. They have a way of communicating like no other but he does get what he wants to say out in some manner or another.

About Dee Harvey:Just an ordinary Aunt of 63 years old who lives with and helps care for my nephew Lea J and his sister Rose Aleigh. I am on disability which gives me lots of play time with both children.
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March 04, 2015 | North America: Maryland

Strength and Unconditional Love

By Courtney

My brother was born with the inability to walk or talk. That never hindered his ability to love or support anyone in his life. Learning how to be selfless and strong during countless setbacks in life is easily the best lesson I could have learned from him.View Story ▼My brother was born with the inability to walk or talk. That never hindered his ability to love or support anyone in his life. Learning how to be selfless and strong during countless setbacks in life is easily the best lesson I could have learned from him. He was always smiling and laughing, even when he was in so much pain he couldn't sit up. Watching his face light up at fireworks and super hero noises was inspiring and without a doubt the thing I miss most. His strength, perseverance, love, laughter, faith, and compassion are few of the things I take with me through this journey without him. I was blessed to have such an amazing brother and now I'm blessed to have an incredible guardian angel. If we could all learn to love and respect each other the way my brother did, this world would be a much better place. Unconditional love and encouragement. Ending the "R word" would be the answer to my prayers.

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Mar 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Dickinson

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
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Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Dickinson, North Dakota
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Mar 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Fargo

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Fargo, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

Mar 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Minot

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Minot, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

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