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April 16, 2015 | North America: New York

HAVING A HARD DAY? READ HERE

By Your Lover

Okay, this isn't a story. But if you are having a hard day or if someone you know is, read this.View Story ▼Okay, this isn't a story. But if you are having a hard day or if someone you know is, read this. Look, no matter how much people tease you, no matter how many tears you shed, know that you have a heart. Know that you have a big heart for even coming here and clicking that "Pledge & Be Heard" sign. Just think about that. Those people who keep teasing you are too shy to be nice. It takes more gut to be nice than to be mean. I bet you anything if a group of people is ganging up on you, one of them is thinking if this is the right thing to do. One of them is tempted to become your friend. And think that no matter what, at least 1 person in the world would die for you. Everyone at Special Olympics cheers you on as you roll down the sidewalks in your wheelchair or as you try hard to talk. Think about that.

About Your Lover:I encourage people. I hope you are feeling better now!!
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April 16, 2015 | North America: New York

Both sides of the argument

By Anonymous

Look, lots of people don't understand why the r word is wrong, and say that America is a free country and blah blah blah. I understand what they are saying. I get that.View Story ▼Look, lots of people don't understand why the r word is wrong, and say that America is a free country and blah blah blah. I understand what they are saying. I get that. But the thing is, we aren't trying to make you take a word out of your vocabulary. We are trying to get you to understand what you're saying when you say the r word. The r word is like the n word. The n word used to be a proper name and everyone would call African Americans the n word, even African Americans themselves. It was fine to use a long time ago. But over time the word has changed. It has become slang and very offensive. Same as the r word. It used to be a medical term, and it has changed over time to become slang and offensive. So everyone out there who thinks that the r word is fine to use, that's your opinion. You say that we will just find another word, but our purpose isn't to eliminate the word. It's to have people recognize what you are saying so that we don't find another word. Thanks.

About Anonymous :I respect both sides of the argument but I am for the side that wants people to recognize what the r word means.
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April 09, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Kyrgyz Republic

No Such Word

By Асель Алмазбекова

On the banner is written in a circle drawn by the letter " D", which is the word "retard" in Russian.

Я давно в специальной олимпиаде, занимаюсь спортом и еще работаю волонтером специальной олимпиады. В прошлом году мы начали проект "Объединяйтесь. Активация молодежи".View Story ▼I've been in Special Olympics sports and still working as a volunteer for Special Olympics. Last year we started the project "Unite. Activation of young people." But, we had a problem. It concerned the use of the word that in Russian means "retard." It's certainly disappointing. Yes, we play as a team. However, sometimes during the game or after the game, they use bad words. Now we have decided to hold such an event like Spread the Word to End the Word to get people to stop using that word.But first our coaches must be willing. Therefore, we conducted a workshop with the coaches.

About Асель Алмазбекова:I am Asel Almazbekova ,a graduate of special school number 22 in Bishkek . Athletics , football, basketball, tennis. Now participate in the program " Youth Unite Activation " .
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April 09, 2015 | North America: Indiana

I stopped Using the r-word

By Marcus

I thought of the people with disabilites so i took action!View Story ▼I thought of the people with disabilites so i took action!

About Marcus:I go to cedar crest Intermediate In Huntingburg Indiana. Really good school
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April 07, 2015 | North America: South Carolina

What the r-word means to me

By Katie Horn

My dog, Lyla, and I down in Charleston, SC.

Anencephaly: a brain defect in which a baby is born without parts of its brain and skull. Almost all babies die shortly after birth, according to the CDC. If a baby does survive, it would spend it's entire life severely mentally handicapped.View Story ▼Anencephaly: a brain defect in which a baby is born without parts of its brain and skull. Almost all babies die shortly after birth, according to the CDC. If a baby does survive, it would spend its entire life severely mentally handicapped. This is how my baby sister was taken from our family. My mother reminded me throughout my childhood that my sister was in a better place, and she would have struggled her whole life if God hadn't taken her when he did. 25 years later, and knowing what challenges my sister would have faced is what motivates me to not only never use the r-word, but to also spread the message and my story to others. When I joined a sorority in college, I chose mine based on the philanthropies- The Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center for Developmentally Delayed Children. It meant so much to me to join an organization that supported those wonderful causes. I try to find as many ways as I can in my adult life now to spread the word to end the word!

About Katie Horn:My name is Katie and I am from South Carolina. I have a deep love and compassion for all people. I want to encourage more young people to get out there and motivate others to join in this movement!
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