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Your Stories

March 05, 2015 | North America: Pennsylvania

Lindsey the story of my life

By Lindsey Madden

My name is Lindsey I was born with cerebral palsy and mental retardation. I also have a birth mark on my face. Growing up with special needs was very hard. When I was still in school I was picked on every day. It hurt so bad I would cry every day.View Story ▼My name is Lindsey I was born with cerebral palsy and mental retardation. I also have a birth mark on my face. Growing up with special needs was very hard. When I was still in school I was picked on every day. It got so bad that I was getting called the R word and it hurt so bad I would cry every day. I want everyone to see we are just like every one else. I hate being called the R word but I don't let people get me down. We can doing anything no matter what people say about us.

About Lindsey Madden :My name is Lindsey I have special needs but. I don't let that stop me from doing the thing I want too. I started doing special olmypic witch I love so much I so proud to be part of a great thing
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March 05, 2015 | North America: New York

our 12 yr old son

By Lori

Our son has autism and it hasnt been easy for him in school with making friends or being understood i hate the R word and my other children aren't allowed to say it.View Story ▼Our son has autism and it hasnt been easy for him in school with making friends or being understood i hate the R word and my other children aren't allowed to say it.

About Lori:I'm a mother speaking out for our child
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March 05, 2015 | North America: North Carolina

Proud to Stomp Out the R-Word

By Denise Bunch

My daughter, Kaitlin Bunch, is a Special Needs Middle School teacher at Chowan Middle School in Tyner, NC. She is a very strong advocate of ending the use the of r-word!!View Story ▼My daughter, Kaitlin Bunch, is a Special Needs Middle School teacher at Chowan Middle School in Tyner, NC. She is a very strong advocate of ending the use the of r-word!! She will quickly, but respectfully, tell someone why they should not use that word. I am proud to be her mom and proud to support this cause!!

About Denise Bunch:I am the mom of a middle school Special Needs teacher and so very proud of the work she does to ensure her students and special needs individuals are treated fairly and with respect :)
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March 05, 2015 | North America: Rhode Island

How Much Things Changed

By Robert Macaux

I'm proud to be an unique individual

My name is Robert Macaux, I'm 32 years old and also born with Down syndrome. Throughout my life, I have been hearing a lot of people that use the r word way too often, and it can be very destructive to use since that word can hurt a lot of people emotionally.View Story ▼My name is Robert Macaux, I'm 32 years old and also born with Down syndrome. Throughout my life, I have been hearing a lot of people that use the r word way too often, and it can be very destructive to use since that word can hurt a lot of people emotionally. I'm not just an Special Olympics athlete but also a big time advocate, so I been taking leadership courses with Advocates in Action. Right after I graduated with Advocates back in 2005, I put my leadership skills into action with The Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island so I can speak out to everybody that labels such as the r word should never be used in any form or fashion. I was a broad member with them so I can go on a mission to spread public awareness to all unique individuals. Since I heard that people had been using that word, both me and my girlfriend are sharing our unique lives in every school system in RI, so that we can be a powerful team to remove negative labels forever.

About Robert Macaux:I am 32 years old and born with Down syndrome, and I'm also an athlete, actor, college student, advocate and a broad member with DSSRI.
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March 05, 2015 | North America: Michigan

STOP THE R WORD

By ALVIN REDMAN

so i would just like to say that that word is demeaning and shouldn't be used so westside, and yeah stop the wordView Story ▼so i would just like to say that that word is demeaning and shouldn't be used so westside, and yeah stop the word

About ALVIN REDMAN:I'm an activist and cool
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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!
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

Dickinson, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

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
View More

Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Minot, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

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    Sheryl Rae Baker

    Lubbock, Texas
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  • My brother has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome which makes it so he can't walk or talk. I have always hated the R-word. It is disrespectful and in no way a cool word to say. I ...

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    American Fork, Utah
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    United States
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    Pooler, United States
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    Wilmette, Illinois
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