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February 03, 2016 | North America: South Carolina

I love my brother

By Katherine Brophy

My brother and I at my high school graduation in 2013

During our game, my brother got pushed down hard a lot and got made fun of. He ran home crying.View Story ▼My brother is 18 years old and a senior in high school. But when we were younger and first moved to South Carolina, me and him we're invited to play football with some of the neighborhood kids. During our game, my brother got pushed down hard a lot and got made fun of. He ran home crying. I yelled at the kids and ran after him. After that, I've always watched what I've said and have told people to not say the R-word. My brother has made me realize what words actually mean to people and the R-word is the worst one of them all.

About Katherine Brophy:I am a Junior at University of South Carolina Beaufort. I work at Early Autism Project, Inc. as a Line Therapist and Register Behavior Technician.
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February 03, 2016 | North America: Utah

Just Another Girl

By Taryn Taylor

The R-Word is an extremely derogatory and demeaning word. I fight as much as I can to keep it out of the halls at my school.View Story ▼I have a friend named Elsie. She loves to dance and play games. She loves to do her hair and paint her nails. She likes to quote Disney movies and sing in the car. She has lots of friends and loves to invite them over. Elsie's favorite food is Chinese and she loves to stay at hotels. She has just turned 15 and I helped to plan a great big party for her and all of her friends to enjoy. But Elsie is special and has been asked to deal with Down syndrome AND autism in her life. This doesn't mean she is lesser than you or I, she was just given different challenges in this life. The R-Word is an extremely derogatory and demeaning word. I fight as much as I can to keep it out of the halls at my school to save my friend from any sort of prejudice against her. In the end, she's more of an angel than any of us could ever be.

About Taryn Taylor:My name is Taryn and I am 16 years old. Elsie's parents were given a grant by the state to employ one caretaker to help with their Down Syndrome and Autistic daughter. I couldn't think of a better job in the entire world. I love her as my sister and wish to protect her from any reckless verbal abuse that I can.
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January 25, 2016 | North America: Pennsylvania

They Bring a New Perspective

By Tyler

My boyfriend's sister has an intellectual disability. She's a sweet person and we've grown fond of each other.View Story ▼My boyfriend's sister has an intellectual disability. She's a sweet person and we've grown fond of each other. We share interests and I enjoy talking to her. I also work with adults who have intellectual disabilities. They are wonderful, energetic, kind people who can be a lot of fun to be around. Sometimes you just have to slow down and explain what you're saying. It's not hard.

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January 25, 2016 | North America: Canada

Being Punished for Being Special

By Mayah Moosajee

I am a student in high school, and for the past three months I have been working on a short documentary on a very important cause to me.View Story ▼I am a student in high school, and for the past three months I have been working on a short documentary on a very important cause to me. It has been almost 2 years since I have become very heavily involved in the special needs community. I am very thankful I get the opportunity to work with these amazing people, and help coach them in a competitive swimming environment. I have heard many heart breaking stories about negative experiences at school, being called retarded, and punished for being special. In high school, everyday at least one person misuses the word retarded, and it affects everyone. Many of us agree that it’s time to start considering retarded as a swear word, and a word of that past. My team and I have created a video on what the word retarded means to them, and how it impacts them. Since I am a junior coach for the Special Olympics Burlington swim team, some parents and athletes have participated too. Please watch it, a lot of time and effort have gone into it. Thanks Mayah Moosajee

About Mayah Moosajee:I am a high school student and a junior coach for the Special Olympics Burlington team.
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January 21, 2016 | North America: Virginia

Speaking Up To End The R Word

By Jeff Katz

Certain words hit you like a strong punch in the gut. But "retarded"? Voice any concern that another human being has been referred to with such language and you’re likely to be advised to lighten up. What’s the big deal?View Story ▼As reported by CBS-6 last week, Richmond City Council President Michelle Mosby allegedly referred to a fellow council member as retarded. Certain words hit you like a strong punch in the gut. Talk about a black person using the N-word and there will be hell to pay, as there should be. But retarded? Voice any concern that another human being has been referred to with such language and you’re likely to be advised to lighten up. What’s the big deal? I recall as a child making the three-hour drive with my family from our home in northeast Philadelphia to a place called Laurelton. That’s where we’d visit with my Aunt Ethel. She had Down syndrome, which back then was referred to as “retarded.” Laurelton was Pennsylvania’s facility for the “mentally defective,” where my aunt had lived for most of her life. Read more of my column for Style Weekly at the link below.

About Jeff Katz:Jeff Katz is a broadcaster for iHeartMedia and the proud father of three children.
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Mar 1, 2016

Spread the Word to End the Word

Join us March 1, 2016 at the Iowa State Capitol Building for Spread the Word to End the Word. Using the “R-Word” (“retard” and comparable words in different cultures) is very hurtful. You can take the pledge at www.r-word.org.
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  • I pledge and cross my heart to never allow the "R" word to cross my mind again and I pledge to correct people if they do happen to say the "R" word because they areen't o...

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    Sydney

    Chicago, Illinois
    4329 hours ago

  • I volunteer at a camp for people of all ages with various disabilities and I won hate to see any one of them hurt because of a peer using the r-word. I pledge and support...

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    Angela Sutch

    Levittown, New York
    4343 hours ago

  • My brother and I both have forms of Autism and we are constantly informing people that the r-word is not only misused it's also extremely demeaning to any person with spe...

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    Brittney Cathcart

    Arlington, Texas
    4416 hours ago

  • 10+ years ago I volunteered for organizations that work with wonderful and intelligent special needs children and teens. Although I'm involved less now, I'm frequently d...

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    Sarah Rosenthal

    Township of Washington, New Jersey
    4473 hours ago

  • I have a sister with Downs and I know that words can hurt. I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the ...

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    Peter Collins

    Crystal Lake, Illinois
    4490 hours ago

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