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April 22, 2014 | North America: Canada

My Life

By Pauline H.

When I was born, I was born fanny first with the umbilical cord around me neck, and I inhaled some of the amniotic fluid. Growing up I was called dummy, stupid and retard and a whole slew of names you're familiar with.View Story ▼I don't have Down syndrome or anything like that, but I am slower and it takes me a while to catch on. When I was born, I was born fanny first with the umbilical cord around me neck, and I inhaled some of the amniotic fluid. Growing up I was called dummy, stupid and retard and a whole slew of names you're familiar with. I also fractured my skull when I was 6, so that didn't help much either. I was so desperate to fit in and have friends that I let them pick on me, and the school bullies would beat the snot out of me. I now live on my own and have a hard time trusting people, so my life companions are two weird cats. A black cat named Salem and a orange cat named Pumpkin. I love them to bits! They don't judge me or call me names. All they want is food in their tummy and a once over with my hair brush. They see it and won't leave me alone until I've brushed them. They also both like to jump in the shower with me. Told you they are weird!

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April 22, 2014 | North America: Illinois

Change

By Autumn

This year I participated in Project Unify and pledged to stop using the R-Word. I am now part of a group at my school that has organized a Respect Month.View Story ▼This year I participated in Project Unify and pledged to stop using the R-Word. I am now part of a group at my school that has organized a Respect Month that is currently taking place in the month of April. I have been encouraging my friends to take the pledge and I believe it is very important to respect every one no matter what our differences may be. Because we may look different on the outside, but on the inside we are all the same! "I am not concerned with you liking or disliking me, all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." ~Jackie Robinson

About Autumn:I became a Project Unify member this year and am now participating in a Respect Month at my school. I hope to keep making a difference in peoples' lives and help people whenever they need it most.
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April 21, 2014 | North America: Rhode Island

My Family

By Ryan Schwarz

Me and my sister and friend volunteer with Special Olympics. We have been doing this for almost 4 years now. Not only are the athletes my friends, i consider them my family.View Story ▼Me and my sister and friend volunteer with Special Olympics. We have been doing this for almost 4 years now. Not only are the athletes my friends, i consider them my family. People in my school always use the R-word and it bothers me so much. I always correct them. One of the athletes on my Special Olympics team invited me to like your Facebook page, and I was looking down the page at the pictures and videos and I was in tears. These guys are not different. They are just like us.

About Ryan Schwarz:I am 14 years old, i am proud that i volunteer with the special olympics. the athletes changed me for the best. they are my family. i would do anything for them
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April 21, 2014 | North America: Northern California

How Do You Feel When Someone Uses the R-Word?

By Anna Oleson-Wheeler

Chances are you’ve heard someone use the r-word. Whether it was a just a joke or an intentional insult, it’s never OK to use the word. While medical professionals used to use mental retardation as a diagnosis, it’s now outdated.View Story ▼Chances are you’ve heard someone use the r-word. Whether it was a just a joke or an intentional insult, it’s never OK to use the word. While medical professionals used to use mental retardation as a diagnosis, it’s now outdated and the correct term is people with intellectual disabilities. Still, many people don’t understand the damaging effects of using the r-word. We polled our Facebook fans to see how they feel when someone uses the r-word, and this is what they said: "Mad. The r-word has no place in society…jokingly or not." "Very sad." "Deeply offended and upset." "I work in education and still hear educated people use the word. It infuriates me." " To see how others feel when they hear the r-word and to see what you can do about it, please visit the link below.

About Anna Oleson-Wheeler:Anna Oleson-Wheeler works in marketing for Special Olympics Northern California
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April 21, 2014 | North America: Michigan

A Daughter's Story

By Jenessa

Left to Right: My Mother, Erica (my twin sister) and I

It makes me sick that others can look at me or my mother in the face and turn around and use those words without blinking an eye. We all need to stop and think about the words we are putting out and what they really mean.View Story ▼My mother was born with cerebral palsy. It was a birth defect from improper birthing techniques back in the 60's and basically is a disorder that causes motor dysfunctions, inhibited learning, hearing, seeing, and/or thinking. Some cases can be mild whilst others can be more severe. My mother is slightly moderate as she legally blind but can see with the assistance of the highest prescription lenses, she uses a cane regularly and a walker when she is having a rough day. Among other noticable disorders my mother is and will always be my Mom. Growing up I never saw her any differently and I still do not to this day. It pains me to hear others use dumb and stupid interchangeably with the "R" word. It makes me sick that others can look at me or my mother in the face and turn around and use those words without blinking an eye. We all need to stop and think about the words we are putting out and what they really mean. We need compassion and respect for the people who could not choose this.

About Jenessa:I am a 21 year old college athlete playing lacrosse at EMU. I have a twin sister and a beautiful mother. I work 2 jobs and am studying to be an athletic trainer. In my free time I longboard and box.
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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.
For more information
Madeleine Raven
Email :rave1478@bears.unco.edu
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

May 11, 2014
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Spread The Word To End The Word

In my school we are doing a thing called genius hour, where we get a portion of our time in class to work on a project in our school or community. Mine is a fundraiser for my local Special Olympics. This will be a walk-a-thon where people can register and get sponsors for every mile they walk. My question is, Why do people use the R word in a dis-respective way?
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Morgan Noel
Email :monoel9@aol.com
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Fundraiser
1800 Clarke Drive

Dubuque , Iowa
UNITED STATES

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  • We pledge to stand against the R-word. At our school we have a best buddies program where you can become friends with kids with disabilities, and hang out with them in or...

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    Chicago, Illinois
    142 hours ago

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    Indianapolis, Indiana
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    indianapolis, Indiana
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    Oak Park , Illinois
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    Oak Park, Illinois
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