You've Pledged: Now What?

Congratulations on taking the R-word pledge! Now it's time to turn your commitment into action.


First: Tweet About it

You can use this text: "I pledge #Respect thru my words & actions. Will you? Pledge now to create communities of inclusion for people with ID http://r-word.org" Letting others know you pledged and...Open You can use this text: "I pledge #Respect thru my words & actions. Will you? Pledge now to create communities of inclusion for people with ID http://r-word.org" Letting others know you pledged and that you are proud to support Spread The Word to End the Word Day is the most powerful message you can send.

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Share Your Story

Is there someone who inspired you to take the R-word pledge? Was there a moment that showed you how wrong that word is? What makes you feel strongly about changing the way people refer to people with ...Open Is there someone who inspired you to take the R-word pledge? Was there a moment that showed you how wrong that word is? What makes you feel strongly about changing the way people refer to people with intellectual disabilities? Tell us your story. You're limited to 1,000 characters, which is about 300 words, so make it personal, powerful and short!

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Approaching others who use the R-word

Having a conversation about the R-word can be difficult and often uncomfortable. Use the dialogue scenarios and tips below to help you successfully articulate why the R-word is hurtful in everyday spe...Open Having a conversation about the R-word can be difficult and often uncomfortable. Use the dialogue scenarios and tips below to help you successfully articulate why the R-word is hurtful in everyday speech.

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Question: What is Spread the Word to End the Word?

Answer: Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and encourage people to pledge t...Open Answer: Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to get schools, communities and organizations to rally and pledge their support to help create communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.

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What Should I Do When I Hear the R-word?

There are times, situations and personalities sometimes involved that may not be best suited for an immediate intervention when you hear someone use the R-word. It simply may be best at times to walk...Open There are times, situations and personalities sometimes involved that may not be best suited for an immediate intervention when you hear someone use the R-word. It simply may be best at times to walk away from a situation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do good after walking away.

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Steps You Can Take

There are many ways for you to get involved and help Spread the Word to End the Word in your school, community, workplace or social network. One of the best, easiest things to do is follow us on Faceb...Open There are many ways for you to get involved and help Spread the Word to End the Word in your school, community, workplace or social network. 

One of the best, easiest things to do is follow us on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. Links are at right. We have a newsletter, too, and you can sign up for that at right, as well.

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Be a leader and share your success

Spread the Word to End the Word is a youth driven campaign.  Every day there are young people, as well as family members and advocates, who are creating change in schools and communities. We need to ...Open Spread the Word to End the Word is a youth driven campaign.  Every day there are young people, as well as family members and advocates, who are creating change in schools and communities. We need to hear those stories. For every one young person finding success in bringing about change, there are another 100 people trying to figure out how to do it themselves. Help us provide these resources for the community at-large by sharing your success stories so we can highlight them on our website and help everyone learn how they can be agents of change and create communities of inclusion and respect for all people.

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We've Pledged!

  • I have been a Special Olympics coach, a Best Buddy, and have worked in a group home with special needs youth. I've seen how much the r-word can really hurt and I personal...

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    Darby Smith

    Omaha, Nebraska
    22 hours ago

  • 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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    Hayden & Grace

    Chicago, Illinois
    154 hours ago

  • I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabil...

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    Christian

    Indianapolis, Indiana
    198 hours ago

  • I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabil...

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    charlotte

    indianapolis, Indiana
    199 hours ago

  • We pledge to not use the R-Word in a derogatory way. It is offensive, stereotypes others, ignorant, and hurtful. It shouldn't be used at all. We respect everyone and thei...

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    Mr. Murawski's Advisory

    Oak Park , Illinois
    226 hours ago

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