Upcoming Events


Date

Event

Location

Mar 1, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The New 'R' Word is RESPECT Pledge Drive

Opportunity to PLEDGE, with music, films, information about local services, co-hosted by area colleges, schools, agencies and community groups.
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Patricia Gooding
Email :levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone :607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

Mar 2, 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word -Hartland/Lakeside School District

Students and Community will be able to sign a Banner and the on-line pledge as well as receive promotional items.
For more information
Julie Van Zeeland
Email :jvanzeeland@hartlake.org
Phone :262-370-4908
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Hartland/Lakeside School District
800 E. North Shore Drive

Hartland, Wisconsin
UNITED STATES

Mar 3 - 5 2015

R-word Campaign Week

In the first week of March, Special Olympics at UCLA is partnering with Best Buddies at UCLA to host the R-word Campaign, which aims to encourage Bruins to end their use of the R-word (retard or retarded) in their everyday speech. The campaign is a week-long series of events, with rallies on Bruin Plaza on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a professional panel on Thursday evening. We will be inviting Bruins to pledge to end the R-word by signing their name on our "Spread the word to End the word" banner, passing out pledge cards, wristbands and pens, and inviting speakers like Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard to talk about how the r-word has affected their lives and how to end the stigma against people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
For more information
Tabitha Lin
Email :lin.tabitha@gmail.com
Phone :562-964-5671
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Bruin Plaza
Bruin Plaza

Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

Mar 3, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Santa Barbara High School R-Word Rally

As a Project UNIFY school, Santa Barbara High School will host an R-Word Pledge Drive and Rally to gather support before the national day of awareness on March 4th. The signatures they collect during their rally will be displayed the following day on Wednesday, March 4th at the Santa Barbara Courthouse pledge drive hosted by Special Olympics Santa Barbara and other local organizations.
For more information
Michelle Duke
Email :mduke@sosc.org
Phone :805-884-1516
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Santa Barbara High School
700 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Santa Barbara, California
UNITED STATES

Mar 3, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

March Mixer and Spread the Word to End the Word Event

You're invited to join The Arc Davidson County and Greater Nashville Junior Advisory Board (JAB) and Transit Now Nashville for a mixer and awareness event at Bar Louie - Nashville in The Gulch. Sign-In after arriving at Bar Louie and you will gain access to an additional hour of happy hour specials until 8pm. In addition, this event will include guest speakers and an opportunity to sign a pledge to stop the use of the "R" word 'retard(ed)'. For more information, check out Spread the Word to End the Word. Please RSVP to this event by Monday, March 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Tyler Lisowski
Email :tylerlisowski@gmail.com
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Bar Louie
314 11th Ave S

Nashville, Tennessee
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

End The R-Word

Please help us to bring awareness to the public by joining us at the Uniontown Mall on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Public welcome.
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Brenda Fike
Email :brenda.fike@arcfayette.org
Phone :724-438-9042
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Uniontown Mall
1368 Mall Run Road

Uniontown, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

End the R-Word Day

Our Fossil Friends club at Fossil Ridge High School will be campaigning to end the R-Word on March 4th. Students will be recruiting their peers to sign the R-word banner and pledge to end the use of the R-word!
For more information
Julie Chaplain
Email :jchaplain@psdschools.org
Phone :970-488-6269
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Fossil Ridge High School
5400 Ziegler Road

Fort Collins, Colorado
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM

End the Word

Best Buddies at George Washington High School will be promoting Spread The Word to End The Word during each lunch period on March 4th. We will be passing out informational brochures, encouraging students to take the pledge, and more!
For more information
Maura Escherich
Email :mescherich@cps.edu
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George Washington High School
Chicago, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015

Spread the Word to End the Word

St. Joseph Hill Academy Special Olympics Club will be hosting it's annual Spread the Word to End the Word pledge drive to promote acceptance, respect, inclusion, and friendship. Be a fan of RESPECT!!!
For more information
Amy Monahan
Email :amonahan@nyso.org
Phone :212-661-5217
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St. Joseph Hill Academy
Staten Island, New York
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kick-Off Pledge Drive

Special Olympics Santa Barbara is hosting a Kick-Off Pledge Drive to begin our month of R-Word Awareness. The public is encouraged to visit the pledge drive to learn more about how to Spread the Word to End the Word in our local community. Participants will receive a delicious cookie for their support!
For more information
Michelle Duke
Email :mduke@sosc.org
Phone :805-884-1516
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa St Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara , California
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Spread The Word To End The Word in Siouxland

Student Council Students and Special Olympics Athletes unify together to help end the use of the "R-Word" in the Siouxland area.
For more information
Dee Sturgeon
Email :sturged@live.siouxcityschools.com
Phone :712-899-7108
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West Middle School
3301 W.19th

Sioux City , Iowa
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

R- Word Pledge Day

Join us on March 4th at Highland High School in Medina, Ohio as we spread the word to end the R-word.
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Highland High School
Medina, Ohio
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015

Dartmouth Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

Dartmouth Special Education Parents Advisory Council wants you to help spread the word to end the word. The purpose of this online/ social media pledge event is to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word (retard or retarded) and its negative effects on people with intellectual impairments, as well as the families and friends. However, this campaign is about more than just raising awareness of the R-word; it is also about changing the attitudes of segregation and hate, to attitudes of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance, understanding. Lets focus on a better r-word: RESPECT.
For more information
Kathleen Amaral
Email :amaral.kathleen@gmail.com
Phone :508-207-3015
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Dartmouth Public Schools SEPAC/online Pledge Event
8 Bush Street

Dartmouth , MASSACHUSETTS
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Open Mic Night

The State University of New York at Fredonia's Music Therapy Club will be hosting a Spread the Word to End the Word Open Mic Night. The event will take place at our Tim Horton's on campus and we will have a banner for students, faculty, and staff to sign pledging to stop the use of the r-word. We will be having performances from a few of our a'capella groups on campus, including Much More Chill and Some Like it Hot. We will also have representatives from other groups around campus explaining why this organization is important to them, including Voices for Autism, Council for Exceptional Children's Club, Fredonia for St. Jude, Operation Smile, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Social Work Club, Women's Student Union, and Enactus.
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Tara O'Brien
Email :obrientara12@gmail.com
Phone :845-826-1699
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Tim Hortons
280 Central Ave

Fredonia, New York
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Spread the Word to End the Word Banner Signing

Our student body will sign a spread the word to end the word banner pledging not to use the r-word. In return for signing the pledge, people will get a sticker, button or bracelet.
For more information
Cheryl Stark
Email :cstark@tvusd.k12.ca.us
Phone :951-294-6638
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Gardner Middle School
45125 Via Del Coronado

Temecula, California
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Spread the Word to End the Word Middle School Breakfast

This is an opportunity for our middle school students in Lowell School to take the pledge to end the word. We will also be seeing the trailer for the forthcoming r-Word film.
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Kimberly Palombo
Email :kpalombo@gmail.com
Phone :609-335-2464
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Lowell School
1640 Kalmia Rd NW

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Pledge Signing

Fillmore High School's Project Unify Club will be holding a Spread the Word to End the Word pledge signing drive to promote acceptance, respect, inclusion, and friendship. Be a fan of RESPECT!!!! Lunchtime pledge signing and t-shirt sales will promote the new r-word: Respect.
For more information
Stacia Helmer
Email :shelmer@fillmore.k12.ca.us
Phone :805-524-8444
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Fillmore HIgh School
555 Central Ave

Fillmore, California
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Awareness Day

Bellows Free Academy and The Northwest Technical Center will hold a Spread the Word to End the Word campaign on March 4th. We will hand out posters throughout the school, have discussions about respect and inclusion in advisories and have a pledge poster available for students and staff to sign outside of the cafeteria during all lunches.
For more information
Jim Naylor
Email :jnaylor@fcsuvt.org
Phone :802-527-6516
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BFA and NWTC
71 South Main Street

St. Albans, Vermont
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

R-Word Campaign

Northridge High School will host our annual R-word campaign on March 4th to spread the word to end the word!!
For more information
Aimee Anderson
Email :aanderson@greeleyschools.org
Phone :970-348-5297
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Northridge High School
7001 Grizzly Drive

Greeley, Colorado
UNITED STATES

Mar 5, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Spread The Word

Support Solutions of Arkansas is committed to Spread the Word to End the Word and our offices will be open for anyone who would like to come in and take the pledge on March 4th 2015!
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Evelyn Lander
Email :elander@supportsolutionsms.com
Phone :479-276-3788
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Support Solutions of Arkansas
2216 Dodson Ave

Fort Smith, Arkansas
UNITED STATES

Mar 5, 2015
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Pledge Drive

Come one come all to pledge to end the R-Word! Let's get most of Westfield State to end the use of this word-the time is now!
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Westfield State University
Westfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Mar 6, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

#ONEMOREGOV Spread The Word to End The R-Word Campaign

At Farrington High School we will pledge to end the R-Word on March 6th!
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Evelyn Utai
Email :utai808@gmail.com
Phone :808-321-2406
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Farrington High School
1564 N. School St.

Honolulu, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

Mar 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The New 'R" Word is RESPECT!

Take the Pledge! Create posters for your schools, churches, or office. Tell your own stories for YouTube, videographers from Cornell Best Buddies. Skit by WeACT members, Unity House self-advocacy group. Make your own t-shirt. Information about services for developmentally disabled children, youth and adults. Films from Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, FUN!
For more information
Patricia Gooding
Email :levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone :607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
171 East State Street

Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

Mar 10 - 12 2015

Spread the Word Rally

Students at Boise State University be out on the Quad on Wednesday, March 11th, collecting pledges to get rid of the R-Word.
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Marissa Watkins
Email :marissawatkins@u.boisestate.edu
Phone :208-546-1701
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Boise State University - The Quad
Boise, Idaho
UNITED STATES

Mar 11, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Midwestern University and Best Buddies Dance

Come get your groove on with Midwestern University students and members of Best Buddies Arizona for a night to remember! It'll be a fun filled night with music, dancing, photo booth, and refreshments as we ban together support the campaign to Spread the Word to End the Word.
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Vanessa Holmes
Email :vholmes16@midwestern.edu
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Midwestern University Gymnasium
19555 North 59th Ave

Glendale, Arizona
UNITED STATES

Mar 13, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

5th Grade Presentation

I will be presenting a Down Syndrome Awareness and End the "R" Word presentation to my daughter's 5th grade peers at Rohwer Elementary School on March 13, 2015.
For more information
Buffy Beightol
Email :buffbeck@cox.net
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Rohwer Elementary School
17701 F St.

Omaha, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

Mar 14, 2015
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

R-Word Awareness Day

The Montecito Family YMCA will host an R-Word Pledge Drive and Awareness Day to show their support for the R-Word Campaign and Special Olympics Santa Barbara. Youth basketball teams will exhibition their skills, Special Olympics Global Messengers will be on hand to answer any questions, and YMCA volunteers will collect pledges on behalf of Special Olympics. Join the YMCA and Special Olympics for a fun day of games, appetizers, and community support!
For more information
Michelle Duke
Email :mduke@sosc.org
Phone :805-884-1516
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Montecito Family YMCA
591 Santa Rosa Ln.

Santa Barbara , California
UNITED STATES

Apr 13, 2015
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Rallly

We are holding a rally to get the word out that the R-word is hurtful. We are a nursing honor society and find it extremely important to get people involved. We are going to have speakers explaining how the word is hurtful.
For more information
Denise Cantoni
Email :Belsamari@comcast.net
Phone :609-364-4382
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Cumberland County College
3322 College Drive

Vineland, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

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    Scarsdale, New York
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    Grayslake, Illinois
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    Beaverton, Oregon
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