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June 30, 2015 | North America: Wisconsin

That "R" Word...

By Celese Dodge

This is my daughter Jennifer with her team mates at Regional Competition for Track & Field

I grew up with working with challenged children while in grade school and even though it was the "normal" thing to call challenged persons "retarded", I never liked it and would even fight with others who called my fellow classmates 'retarded".View Story ▼I grew up with working with challenged children while in grade school and even though it was the "normal" thing to call challenged persons "retarded", I never liked it and would even fight with others who called my fellow classmates 'retarded". Then I volunteered with challenged chidren in a hospital/home situation and became an even bigger advocate for hating that "R" word. Now I have a challenged daughter that is 38 years old and have fought to get rid of that word all her life. Then I started volunteering with the Special Olympics and have fought more to get rid of that word. I have always hated it and always will. I always correct people and tell them not the r word but challenged or special needs but never the r word please.

About Celese Dodge:I am a 59 year old mother of an awesome challenged adult that is the love my life and in the Special Olympics of Wisconsin. Because of her I became involved in the Special Olympics, became a coach.
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June 25, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Austria

dont wait till its to late

By lynette

Hi, my name is Lynette. I am in a family with everyone having a disability, and it's so hard. People see me with my family and from that I always used to get called "retard."View Story ▼Hi, my name is Lynette. I am in a family with everyone having a disability, and it's so hard. I am the most able one even though I have a disability myself. People see me with my family and from that I always used to get called "retard." Not as much anymore but it breaks me so much when I see my brother with cerebal palsy getting called retard or something like that. He is so defenseless, he can't tell them to stop or anything but when you get to know him he is the best friend anyone could wish for. He's the best character. It's cruel and unfair and people don't understand the effect it has on people.

About lynette:im 16 and my passion is to give back to the community for helping me and my family
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June 25, 2015 | North America: Indiana

My Baby

By Kylie

My baby brother was born weighing 1 pound 12 ounces and today is our miracle, he is almost 18. He might be a special needs child and have autism but he is my everything! I will proudly take a stand for him!View Story ▼My baby brother was born weighing 1 pound 12 ounces and today is our miracle, he is almost 18. He might be a special needs child and have autism but he is my everything! I will proudly take a stand for him!

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June 25, 2015 | North America: New York

Connor and Cameron

By The mother of Cameron and Connor

Today I took the boys to the park, and on my way I saw a bunch of kids, possibly 100. They were talking loudly, laughing, and walking to the park. As Connor pushed Cameron's wheelchair, I walked by them.View Story ▼I am the mother of two lovely boys, Connor and Cameron. Cameron has cerebral palsy. Connor is "normal" and loves to help out with Best Buddies and his older brother. Today I took the boys to the park, and on my way I saw a bunch of kids, possibly 100. They were talking loudly, laughing, and walking to the park. As Connor pushed Cameron's wheelchair, I walked by them. We were laughing about a funny experience Connor had had at school that day. Cameron was laughing so hard and smiling so hard. He was making noise and drooling, but Connor and I enjoyed it because he was having so much fun. However, the other kids stared at him and pointed at him and laughed. Connor and I frowned and Cameron stopped laughing. The kids kept laughing and pointing, but then one girl yelled, "Stop making fun of him!! He's a person, too, you know!" The other kids looked at her, shrugged, and kept walking. The girl smiled at us and gave Cameron a thumbs-up. Cameron and Connor high-fived!!

About The mother of Cameron and Connor:I am the mother of two beautiful boys, Connor and Cameron!
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June 25, 2015 | North America: Pennsylvania

I Used the R-Word; Now I'm an Active Advocate Against It

By Danny

I used to used the r-word in casual context; never really understanding the weight of my words. From my exposure with the athletes and their families I was able to realize for the first time just how much the r-word hurts people with intellectual disabilities.View Story ▼I used to used the r-word in casual context; never really understanding the weight of my words. I am now a member of Villanova's Special Olympics Committee. From my exposure with the athletes and their families I was able to realize for the first time just how much the r-word hurts people with intellectual disabilities. Not only that, but I was also able to see how much the r-word hurts the family and friends of people with intellectual disabilities. As part of my role on the Villanova Special Olympics Committee, along with Committee members and friends Rodrigo, Maria, and Nick we were able to make a video speaking out against the r-word. When the r-word is used you not only hurt the athletes but you also hurt my colleagues on committee and myself. Spread the Word to End the Word so that we can become a more respectful and accepting society.

About Danny:Special Olympics Swim Coach (2011-2014); Villanova Special Olympics Committee Awareness Assistant (2015)
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