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November 06, 2017 | North America: New York

Roller Coaster

By Cassidy

Last year I was in line for a roller coaster with my boyfriend and his best friend. As we were about to get on, we saw a boy with Cerebral Palsy getting off the roller coaster. My boyfriend's friend proceeded to laugh at him and call him the "r-word". I was shocked. How could someone be SO insensitive?View Story ▼Last year I was in line for a roller coaster with my boyfriend and his best friend. As we were about to get on, we saw a boy with Cerebral Palsy getting off the roller coaster. My boyfriend's friend proceeded to laugh at him and call him the "r-word". I was shocked. How could someone be SO insensitive? Well I wasn’t going to stand for it. I stood directly in front of him and said “Is something funny to you?” And he just looked away and kept laughing to himself. I got in his face and told him what he said was extremely offensive and explained that there is nothing wrong with that little boy, he was simply just trying to enjoy the roller coaster like everyone else. He stopped laughing after that but it was obvious he didn’t care about what I said because he still continues to use the word. You will encounter people like this sometimes and it is very frustrating, but we must continue to try and educate people about this horrible word, one person at a time.

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November 06, 2017 | North America: Oklahoma

stop it.

By kaitlyn

I go to middle school, where the majority of the people who go there believe that the r-word is synonymous with stupid. I know multiple people with learning disabilities who I doubt are okay with that. It needs to stop.View Story ▼I go to middle school, where the majority of the people who go there believe that the r-word is synonymous with stupid. I know multiple people with learning disabilities who I doubt are okay with that. It needs to stop.

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November 06, 2017 | North America: Florida

Our son is NOT a mistake!

By Jeremie and Sarah Aleshire

My husband and I have a son with Down syndrome. He has changed people's hearts and minds one hug at a time. He loves those who pick on him and in turn, they see love in its purest form, unconditional. When someone stares at him or points or laughs, I walk him over and introduce him to them. He givesView Story ▼My husband and I have a son with Down Syndrome. He has changed people's hearts and minds one hug at a time. He loves those who pick on him and in turn, they see love in its purest form, unconditional. When someone stares at him or points or laughs, I walk him over and introduce him to them. He gives them a hug and almost instantly you can see the change start in them. Some are shocked, some immediately sorry, and some even uncomfortable. That's okay though, because now they have been exposed to the real heart of a person who, despite being judged and ridiculed, still loves them anyway. That is no mistake, that is God's heart shining through a person. He's an answer to a prayer that we didn't even know we prayed.

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November 06, 2017 | North America: Ohio

My Sister Kathy

By Maria

Many years before I was born my sister contracted meningitis. She had been a happy, healthy 4 year old child before this. When my sister went into the hospital, my parents were told it was only a matter of time and they had already seen 3 children die from it. My sister was a fighter and lived but wView Story ▼Many years before I was born, my sister contracted meningitis. She had been a happy, healthy 4 year old child before this. When my sister went into the hospital, my parents were told it was only a matter of time and they had already seen 3 children die from it. My sister was a fighter and lived but was left with brain damage from the high fever and the attack on the nervous system that this disease causes. She and I would go shopping, or anywhere together and see the stares and hear the whispers "look at the retard". I never wanted to hear that again. She tried to not let it get her down, but it hurt her so much. She was 17 years older than me and to me she was my beautiful, loving big sister. She cared so much for people and couldn't stand to see anyone hurting or unhappy and would do anything to help. Sadly she was hit by a car she didn't see coming because the illness impacted her eyesight. I will always miss her smile, kindness and caring, loving nature. The "r-word" never represented who she was as a person.

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November 06, 2017 | North America: Nebraska

Family and the "R-Word"

By Eliza Crotty

People in my family have different types of disabilities and have been called the "r-word" a lot. One time my cousin, who has autism, was called the "r-word" once and he came home in tears. It hurt me really badly to know that because someone learns differently than someone else, they would be called that bad name.View Story ▼People in my family have different types of disabilities and have been called the "r-word" a lot. One time my cousin, who has autism, was called the "r-word"and he came home in tears. It hurt me really badly to know that because someone learns differently than someone else, they would be called that bad name.

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