March 05, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

It Starts with a Voice

By Ryan Eades

The Wrights

When we met the Wright family, parents Ben and Amy, and their four children (Beau,Bitty, Lillie & Emma) we were blown away by their passion to support Spread the Word to End the Word. Inspired by the youngest two children, Beau & Bitty who both have Down syndrome, Amy and Ben used their gift for music to compose and record a new song, "It Starts with A Voice" to help raise awareness of negative language and the power of an inclusive society. They have since raised thousands for our campaign through benefit concerts, created a music video of the song, and are even in the process of producing a follow up to their amazing song. “I am so passionate about spreading this message that I can’t sleep at night. I think, ‘What else can I do? How can I make the world a better place for my children and for all the others I love?’” says Amy. Their music video is must watch, must share! If you'd like to get in touch with the Wrights about raising awareness near you, please email

About Ryan Eades: I run social engagement for Special Olympics and am part of the Spread the Word team.

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