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September 04, 2015 | North America: New York

Heidi

By Carol H. Jewell

My sister-in-law, Heidi, has Down Syndrome. And she also has a fabulous, quick, sense of humor, can "run" the tv themesongs category in "Jeopardy," and loves the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I love her very much.View Story ▼My sister-in-law, Heidi, has Down Syndrome. And she also has a fabulous, quick, sense of humor, can "run" the tv themesongs category in "Jeopardy," and loves the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I love her very much.

About Carol H. Jewell:I am a poet, musician, librarian, wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of languages.
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September 03, 2015 | North America: Nebraska

My Jordan

By Carla Joos

Jordan was born in 1987. He was 6 when he died. He had developmental delays but he taught such great things. His love was one of an angel, he didn't know hate.View Story ▼Jordan was born in 1987. He was 6 when he died. He had developmental delays but he taught such great things. His love was one of an angel, he didn't know hate. All the pokes and sticks by nurses, yet they got big smiles. Jordan has a big brother,Nathan. He's a great kid. He loves his brother. But one day walking home from school Nate was followed by a group of boys. Those boys were yelling. "You're a Retard, because your brothers a Retard." And they were screaming it at Nate over and over again. Until I stepped out to say. "Who told you his brother was a retard?" Because Jordan had not come home from the hospital since the day he was born. He was 3 at this time. "Our parents told us." Answered one of the boys. I told them "Go back & tell your parents God gave me an angel on earth, If they have the nerve to call an Angel a Retard come down here and do it!" After that day the R word has never been allowed in my home. I was so happy when this Pledge was started. Thank you.

About Carla Joos:I'm now a grandma, breast cancer survivor, i have been married 33 years to a firefighter, my oldest son Nate become a firefighter is married with a boy and girl. Youngest son is 23. He is at LSU.
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September 02, 2015 | North America: Florida

My Little Friend

By My name is Allyson I am 11 and I am all for kids with disablity's. They are my favorite people.

I know a girl her name is Skyler, and she has Down syndrome. She is one of those girls who can do everything. She is a great cheerleader and dancer.View Story ▼I know a girl her name is Skyler, and she has Down syndrome. She is one of those girls who can do everything. She is a great cheerleader and dancer. I love her like a little sister and anyone who calls her the R-word has issues. I stand against the R-word for all eternity!

About My name is Allyson I am 11 and I am all for kids with disablity's. They are my favorite people.:I have this club at my school called Best Buddies that I attend.
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August 31, 2015 | North America: Colorado

Alien Autistic

By Nathan Beach

My last Halloween costume. A mad scientist. Not a stretch for me.

My name is Nathan Beach. The Awesome Alien Autistic on Youtube. Now 41 I have always lived with Asperger's Syndrome and a diagnosed learning problem. Having heard the r-word a great deal growing up this website inspired me to make a Youtube video about it.View Story ▼My name is Nathan Beach. The Awesome Alien Autistic on Youtube. Now 41 I have always lived with Asperger's Syndrome and a diagnosed learning problem. Having heard the r-word a great deal growing up this website inspired me to make a Youtube video about it. I recently went to a Special Olympics event and bought a cool looking pin- an R with a line through it. I read about it and decided to visit this website. I'm glad to see that some people really take this seriously!

About Nathan Beach:I'm 41 now and have diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome and a learning problem. Joined the Special Olympics as a volunteer in 2007 and an athlete in 2008. I live in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
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August 31, 2015 | North America: Texas

can't stand the r word

By sophie bonham

i hate the r word. i always have. I'm 15 and when i hear say things like "aw i don't want to ride the retard bus." or "thats the retarded class room."View Story ▼i hate the r word. i always have. I'm 15 and when i hear say things like "aw i don't want to ride the retard bus." or "thats the retarded class room." i almost want to hit whoever said it. i love kids with special needs and i want to be a special ed teacher. i have dyslexia disgrapha, a learning disability, a sensory disorder and ADD. so of course i want to stand up for my fellow special-ed family and stop the hate!

About sophie bonham:i am 15. i was born almost blind. by the time i was 3 i could see but i was 3 years behind a "normal kid". i have dyslexia disgrapha a learning disability a sensory disorder and ADD.
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