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April 16, 2014 | North America: Northern California

Do not use the r word in your songs

By erika brhns

Black eyed peas: I do not like that you have a song that says the R word in it.View Story ▼Black eyed peas: I do not like that you have a song that says the R word in it. That sets a bad example for the youth of today and it also says it's OK to use the r word. That word is really painful for people with special needs. Think of what that word is doing before using it in another song.

About erika brhns:I am a person who really wants the word to end
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April 16, 2014 | North America: Colorado

Speak Up!!!!

By Mathilda

Stop the r-word. A way to start might be to personally remove it from your vocabulary. But don't stop there.View Story ▼Stop the r-word. A way to start might be to personally remove it from your vocabulary. But don't stop there. Continue to raise awareness about how this affects others. Make sure people understand how this affects not only who the word is being for, but others who care for them. Every time the word is used a bit of the person is ripped away. Explain to others why the r-word is not okay. Stop people who relentlessly use the word, and even people who only said it once or twice. Stand up for people who have had the word flung at them. Your teachings might be broadcasted to others, and be passed along. Even one small voice among millions will make a difference. After all, a sound after silence is always loud. Because of you, the r-word could be stopped. Just speak up.

About Mathilda:A whisper, Is what I believe in. A whisper that will break the silence. A stone, Is what I believe in. A stone that made the water ripple. A child, Is what I believe in. A child who made a change.
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April 16, 2014 | North America: Canada

Awareness

By Olivia G.

My little brother was born with Down's Syndrome and he is now 5. I am spreading awareness within my school about how hurtful the R-word is and I thank my brother for teaching me patience.View Story ▼My little brother was born with Down Syndrome and he is now 5. I am spreading awareness within my school about how hurtful the R-word is and I thank my brother for teaching me patience.

About Olivia G. :Sister to a boy with Down syndrome. My family fights to end the R-word.
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April 16, 2014 | North America: New York

Story from a Case Worker

By Case Worker Benny

I work as a Habilitation Specialist for people with intellectual disabilities. Today, I decided to lead a movie viewing of Mean Girls before sending my group home for the day. Now I forgot this completely, but during a cafeteria scene in Mean Girls, Regina George uses the word "retarded" while speaking to Cady.View Story ▼I work as a Habilitation Specialist for people with intellectual disabilities. Today, I decided to lead a movie viewing of 'Mean Girls' before sending my group home for the day. Now I forgot this completely, but during a cafeteria scene in 'Mean Girls, Regina George uses the word "retarded" while speaking to Cady. I cannot tell you how beyond uncomfortable it was to be in that room. It was painful to see how suddenly the emotional air of the clients in my group changed from cheerful to sad and despondent, and very little could be done to reverse the now charged emotions. In civilized society, we have developed an acute sensitivity towards words that are used to verbally abuse people of different ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations, so why are we so careless when it comes to the developmentally disabled? I wish this population was not so carelessly overlooked and I wish there was a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to the emotional needs of this demographic.

About Case Worker Benny:I am a Habilitation Specialist in the Bronx and work with adults with intellectual disabiliities. I work hands-on with this demographic and aid in teaching various socialization and independent living skills.
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April 16, 2014 | North America: Oklahoma

My Little Sister

By Abbie Haskins

My sister during one of her first neurological examinations

My sister is 6 years younger than me and has been an epileptic for the past 8 years of her life. Her seizures affect her eyesight and put her 6 reading grade levels behind her class. She was in kindergarten and a little boy called her the "r-word" in school. I've never been so furious at a 5 year old before in my life.View Story ▼My sister is 6 years younger than me and has been an epileptic for the past 8 years of her life. Her seizures affect her eyesight and put her 6 reading grade levels behind her class. So she began attending classes in the special education department to get help. She was in kindergarten and a little boy called her the "r-word" in school. I've never been so furious at a 5 year old before in my life. My high school has done Special Olympics for years and I started signing an "R-Word" pledge with the school starting my freshman year but I and my family have been banning this word since her diagnosis. You never truly understand the negative power of a word until it affects a loved one. Since then my sister and I have started "R-Word" campaigns in her new school district and on my college campus, both in a different state. It is so moving to witness the movement reaching new places.

About Abbie Haskins:I am a 19 year old college student majoring in psychology, I participated as a volunteer in Special Olympics at my high school for 4 years as a buddy, event worker, and a team coach.
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Apr 21 - 24 2014

Spread The Word To End The Word - Southwest Minnesota State University

There will be a week long booth set up in the lower student center, where students can learn about Spread the Word to End the Word and sign a pledge. Then on April 24th, there will be a panel of speakers talking about their involvement.
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Rachel Wendlandt
Email :rachel.wendlandt@smsu.edu
Phone :507-380-2634
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Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.

Marshall , Minnesota
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Apr 25, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spread The Word To End The Word Pledge Signing

We are hosting a booth in the Northern Colorado University Center to promote awareness of why people should cut out the use of the R-word and to encourage pledge signing.
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Madeleine Raven
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Phone :3037041562
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University of Northern Colorado
2045 10th Avenue

Greeley, Colorado
UNITED STATES

May 8, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

R-Word Awareness Choral Concert - Blaine High School

Blaine High School Choirs will partner with their peers in special education to perform a new piece of music written by Nathan Jones. Nathan's music will be written with accommodations to better include musicians of all abilities. The concert will serve as an R-Word Campaign for the participating students and the audience.
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Caroline Hand
Email :handx021@umn.edu
Phone :903-279-8290
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Blaine High School
Blaine, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

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