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March 06, 2015 | North America: Massachusetts

In my own words how the r word makes me feel

By Emily Webster

My name is Emily Webster, and I do bowling for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and the one word I can't stand more than anything else is the r word.View Story ▼My name is Emily Webster, and I do bowling for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and the one word I can't stand more than anything else is the r word. When I hear people use it I get angry enough to want to go up to them and tell them it is not ok to use that word, and when I do that I feel empowered and it is a very freeing feeling. Do not be afraid to speak up for yourself!

About Emily Webster:My name is Emily Webster, and I am proud to be a Special Olympics Bowling Athlete, and I am 28 years old.
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March 06, 2015 | North America: Tennessee

Life and Fate

By Samuel Piazza

My life live by fate it has been 9 years in best buddies and it had changed my life it is about ability what's our talants are what we can do with our live's to have jobsView Story ▼My life live by fate it has been 9 years in best buddies and it had changed my life it is about ability what's our talants are what we can do with our live's to have jobs

About Samuel Piazza:My name is Sam I am 25 years old and yes I am born with Down syndrome, I have a job at PDQ in Carrollwood.
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March 06, 2015 | North America: Wisconsin

my ella

By Betty, a.k.a. Ella's mom

My Ella was born with Downs and opened my and my children's eyes to how often we used the word retard randomly.View Story ▼My Ella was born with Downs and opened my and my children's eyes to how often we used the word retard randomly. We have tried to explain as politely as possible to people why we find the word hurtful. Our Ella passed when she was 5 but we still hold that value strong. She was not retarded, she was just Ella

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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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Mar 6, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

#ONEMOREGOV Spread The Word to End The R-Word Campaign

At Farrington High School we will pledge to end the R-Word on March 6th!
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Evelyn Utai
Email :utai808@gmail.com
Phone :808-321-2406
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Farrington High School
1564 N. School St.

Honolulu, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

Mar 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The New 'R" Word is RESPECT!

Take the Pledge! Create posters for your schools, churches, or office. Tell your own stories for YouTube, videographers from Cornell Best Buddies. Skit by WeACT members, Unity House self-advocacy group. Make your own t-shirt. Information about services for developmentally disabled children, youth and adults. Films from Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, FUN!
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Patricia Gooding
Email :levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone :607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
171 East State Street

Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

Mar 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fifth Annual "End the R-Word" Celebration

Join us on March 7th at Westmoreland Mall (Center Court) in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where will be hosting an event to spread the word to the end the r-word. The event is free to the public and there will be a banner to sign the pledge, activity tables, an interactive DJ, live performances, local mascots, t-shirt giveaways and Glitter Dot the Clown who will be making balloon creations for those who attend.
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Jared Roser
Email :roserj@westmoreland.swsix.com
Phone :724-830-3617
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Westmoreland Mall (Center Court)
5256 Route 30

Greensburg, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

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    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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    Skylar

    American Fork, Utah
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    United States
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    Amanda Gemlich

    Pooler, United States
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    Wilmette, Illinois
    26 hours ago

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