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December 15, 2014 | North America: North Dakota

Seeing through their eyes

By Tiffany Miller

The R-word rings in my ears as though the filthiest of swear words. This is a simple thing people do and they do not pay any attention to it. I know I did not pay any attention to it a year back.View Story ▼I work as a DSP through Hit Inc. It was when I started working here that I realized how hurtful an how ignorant you are when you use the R-word. The R-word rings in my ears as though the filthiest of swear words. This is a simple thing people do and they do not pay any attention to it. I know I did not pay any attention to it a year back. Now, being as close as I am with clients, I find icy stares when clients go out in public, I find chuckles and pointed fingers, and I hear that god awful word. I am not afraid anymore to correct someone if they use the word. I advise that to stop the ignorance all you can do is simply tell people exactly why it makes you so upset. I love you all for the support and pledges to this wonderful cause.

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December 12, 2014 | Why I Support Special Olympics

My brother was an angel in my eyes.

By Arnetta

In 1968, my baby brother was born with Down syndrome. He also was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2 years old. I remember the names other kids called him, and they would also use the R word.View Story ▼In 1968, my baby brother was born with Down syndrome. He also was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2 years old. I remember the names other kids called him, and they would also use the R word. But I knew in my heart he was an angel, so when I was little I would pray that God would someday give me a baby just like him, I was so proud to call him my baby brother. take good care of your little angel sisters and God bless you.

About Arnetta:I have been married for 38 years, my husband Steve and I have 6 children, three birth and three adopted, we love our Lord and savior and we also love all children, no matter what.
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December 12, 2014 | North America: Canada

Coaching people with disabilities

By John Dove

Hi, my name is John Dove, and for the last six years I have coached people of various ages that have disabilities. I coach them in baseball. I got into coaching in an organization called the Challenger League because my sister has Down syndrome.View Story ▼Hi, my name is John Dove, and for the last six years I have coached people of various ages that have disabilities. I coach them in baseball. I got into coaching in an organization called the Challenger League because my sister has Down syndrome. When she started playing baseball, I helped get her ready to play, so I thought "Hey, why not actually coach?" so I started coaching them every year. I enjoy coaching in the league because at the end of the summer the league has a banquet to reward them for their hard work. At the banquet when I give them the trophies and they smile at me I feel special because i know i made a difference in their lives. I'm going to continue coaching them for as long as i possibly can.

About John Dove :I am a coach in a league called the Challenger League, but I'm not just a coach, I'm a brother to a person with Down syndrome.
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December 12, 2014 | North America: Missouri

My best friends

By Karen Wilcox

I have had some very special loving children and young adults touch my life. When I have been sad they have always given me a big smile. When I have needed a hug they have been there.View Story ▼I have had some very special loving children and young adults touch my life. When I have been sad, they have always given me a big smile. When I have needed a hug, they have been there. When I have needed to know that God loves his children, they have been there. All one has to do is look in the eyes of these innocent beings to know the face of His love. I have always believed that there are a some perfect people in this world that have been sent here to teach us how to love, respect, understand and know. They are the true teachers of a Christ like love that I hope someday may many other people will be able to show. It is my prayer that these special children may teach the world about peace, love and tolerance.

About Karen Wilcox:I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. I am a nurse that has spent much time serving special needs children. They have taught about Love.
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December 12, 2014 | North America: Alabama

One Step at a Time

By Jillian Smith

My brother Jack was born with Down syndrome, and he is probably my inspiration. Kids all around the world are being abused by this word and it should stop.View Story ▼My brother Jack was born with Down syndrome, and he is probably my inspiration. Kids all around the world are being abused by this word and it should stop. People think R-Word is okay to just be thrown around when kids with intellectual learning disabilities are hurt from it day by day. I am in 8th grade and the word is thrown around all over my school. When I hear it I stand up and tell them that it shouldn't be used like that because 1. It isn't right 2. You're using the word incorrectly. I have about 3 people listening to me about not saying the R-Word. Everybody else just thinks it's ok but no. My best friend doesn't even listen. I am hurt by my fellow classmates acts but nobody cares. Therefore SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD.

About Jillian Smith:8th grader and believer.
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