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September 20, 2017 | North America: Oklahoma

My Pledge for Zach

By Susannah Scott

My son Zach is four years old, and one of only 10 children in the world currently diagnosed with his genetic disorder. He is non verbal, and faces a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities. I refuse to stand by and let anyone reduce his identity by describing him, or anyone like him with tView Story ▼My son Zach is four years old, and one of only 10 children in the world currently diagnosed with his genetic disorder. He is non verbal, and faces a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities. I refuse to stand by and let anyone reduce his identity by describing him, or anyone like him with the r-word. Zach is capable of laughing, playing, loving, and learning. His smile lights up any room, and he deserves to live in a world that accepts him, and the abilities he has. I am committed to defending children and adults with intellectual disabilities from being described with a word that does nothing to describe the abilities, characteristics, and capabilities of these individuals. I am so glad to have a resource to share my passion in ending the r-word, and will do everything I can from Tahlequah, Oklahoma to end the use of the r-word!

About Susannah Scott:Special needs mother, of Zach! He is one of ten children in the world diagnosed with his specific genetic disorder.
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September 15, 2017 | Latin America: Guatemala

More than 200 Guatemalans said, "Enough! No more bullying "

By Leilani Gonzalez

Group of students show they will stand up to bullying.

In August, more than 200 attendees gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Guatemala to participate in the "Basta Ya! No More Bullying ". Dr. Marisa Azaret stressed that it is very important to explain the consequences of bullying, both at home and in schools. The fight to eliminateView Story ▼In August, more than 200 attendees gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Guatemala to participate in the "Basta Ya! No More Bullying ". Dr. Marisa Azaret stressed that it is very important to explain the consequences of bullying, both at home and in schools. The struggle to eliminate this social evil belongs to everyone! Presenter Tuti Furlán Ambassador of Special Olympics Guatemala addressed the theme "The Power of Living Colors" and said she was very proud to be part of our inclusion movement. On behalf of the Ministry of Education of Guatemala, Dr. Oscar Hugo López congratulated the movement for the initiative to address this important issue for society.

About Leilani Gonzalez:Coordinator of Marketing and Development, Special Olympics Latin America
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September 11, 2017 | North America: Vermont

Stop Using the R-word

By Joseph casey

Me and my friend were being immature and was using inappropriate words like the r-word. Right now I feel bad because there was a person with special needs in that class when I said that word. Me and my friend wish we could apologize to everybody that heard and were affected by it. My advice is to beView Story ▼Me and my friend were being immature and was using inappropriate words like the r-word. Right now I feel bad because there was a person with special needs in that class when I said that word. Me and my friend wish we could apologize to everybody that heard and were affected by it. My advice is to be kind to all and treat people the way you want to be treated.

About Joseph casey:I am 15 and my name is Joseph Casey.
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September 11, 2017 | North America: Texas

The Story of a Wiz Head

By Jake Lemke

This is a picture of my brother riding home from school excited to stream.

My brother has autism and he has been made fun of because of his disability. People call him the R-word, stupid and fat. Be he doesn't let that get him down, he ignores there rudeness by streaming a game called Wizard101 on YouTube.View Story ▼My brother has autism and he has been made fun of because of his disability. People call him the R-word, stupid and fat. Be he doesn't let that get him down, he ignores there rudeness by streaming a game called Wizard101 on YouTube. He has gained a lot of support by his fan and has gained the confidence to go outside more and interact with people. He has been shamed but now he feels comfortable in his own body because of his support. His classmates basically felt that he was “not equal” to them, weird or an outsider, whatever that means. So I decided to show them his YouTube channel and that has helped them learn about autism. I was hoping they would understand something from his perspective. Some classmates were now able to see him as a kid.

About Jake Lemke:Im 18 years old, I live in Texas I support the end of using the R-word
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September 09, 2017 | North America: Texas

Love Bigger

By Kelley Loftis

Let's make an effort to remove ugly phrases from our language and discourage those who use those words in a derogatory manner from doing so.View Story ▼I have a favorite cashier at Target whom I gravitate toward because he's good at his job and very friendly to my toddler. We were chatting and somehow he got on the subject of Larry the Cable Guy. He expressed to me that he is bothered by the fact that our "heroes, the people who are supposed to save us" are people who use words like r-word to describe others.My heart shattered into a million pieces because this man who works harder than many felt like he was less than simply because of who he was born to be. This man is kind, hardworking and should never, ever be hurt by any of us in our daily lives much less by someone who thinks he's being funny throwing words around in a comedy skit. Let's make an effort to remove ugly phrases from our language and discourage those who use those words in a derogatory manner from doing so. It starts at home with us and how we speak around our children. Let's do better, let's love bigger. ❤️

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