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August 06, 2018 | North America: Texas

In Carolines Memory

By Lana Taylor

My daughter Caroline was born with a ring chromosome abnormality. My daughter was murdered at the age of 22. Beatened to death. The R word is so offensive to me because she was able to do a lot of things. I couldn't have loved her more. Yes she was labeled with mental retardation. But to me its suchView Story ▼My daughter Caroline was born with a ring chromosome abnormality. My daughter was murdered at the age of 22; she was beat to death. The R word is offensive to me because she was able to do a lot of things. I couldn't have loved her more. She was labeled with mental retardation, but to me its such a harsh word. People all around me use the R word and I have repeatedly told them it hurts me and its against the most beautiful person whom I shared 22 wonderful years with. As a kid I never used that word and would cry when I heard others use it. Its so demeaning to the most beautiful children in the world. Why say that word. I truly don't understand. My entire family never used that word, even before my beautiful angel came into my life. Please stop the word, that truly divides us instead of reuniting us. Special needs children are truly special to us. They give us unconditional love. Don't hurt us by using that word please...

About Lana Taylor:I was a mother a special needs daughter, whom I lost in a brutal way. Caroline was/is her name. I miss her so much.She was only 22 years old. I wholeheartedly agree with stop saying the R word....
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August 01, 2018 | North America: Northern California

Why I hate the R word

By Stwve

My name is Steve and the reason I hate the r word. Having an older brother with physical a mental disabilities I have been battling the r-word my entire life back in school I used to fight with people who would call my brother the r word or who to call anybody with disabilities the r word. I've growView Story ▼My name is Steve and the reason I hate the r word. Having an older brother with physical a mental disabilities I have been battling the r-word my entire life back in school I used to fight with people who would call my brother the r word or who to call anybody with disabilities the r word. I've grown up now and I've learned to fight my battles in a different way. And it's a battle I continue to fight to this day still even more so I married a wonderful beautiful woman who has physical and mental disabilities also I love her with my heart and my soul and nothing I would change about her. I love her and my brother for who they are not what they are. Being raised around somebody with disabilities and having a mother who worked with children with disabilities has taught me more respect for people in general then I could ever imagine some of my greatest joys of working with my brother has his buddy in the Special Olympics. This is a fight I will fight till r word is gone forever.

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July 31, 2018 | North America: Louisiana

I’m not stupid

By Paige cohn

I’m a young adult with intellectual disability and was bullied and teased my whole life growing up for having special needs! I have static encephalopathy mild, brain damage, but does not stop me from doing what I love!View Story ▼I’m a young adult with intellectual disability and was bullied and teased my whole life growing up for having special needs! I have static encephalopathy mild, brain damage, but does not stop me from doing what I love!

About Paige cohn :I’m 27 years old and competed in Special Olympics this year in bowling with my bowling team and got fourth place! I’m also doing best buddies too! And say no to the r-word cause it’s mean!!
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July 17, 2018 | North America: Tennessee

No Reason For The R-word

By Reilly Cate

I am an eighth grade student and advocate for all people with special needs. This has been my passion since I was five years old, and I believe that everyone deserves acceptance and inclusion. I volunteer as much as I can at a Down syndrome achievement center called GiGi’s Playhouse, was the PresideView Story ▼I am an eighth grade student and advocate for all people with special needs. This has been my passion since I was five years old, and I believe that everyone deserves acceptance and inclusion. I volunteer as much as I can at a Down syndrome achievement center called GiGi’s Playhouse, was the President of Best Buddies at my school, regularly help in my church’s special needs program, and always am on the lookout for new opportunities. Being a middle school student, I hear the r-word a lot, and it’s increadably sad to have to tell people about the impact their language has on a community of amazing people. There is absolutely no reason why you should use the r-word, no matter what the situation Remember that all life has value!

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July 11, 2018 | North America: Minnesota

I want to be pro active.

By Gina Heckel

No one should have to tell you not to use the R word it is offensive. Please be kind to one and all. Lets turn disabilities in different abilities, because although my grandson is special, he sees joy in everything and gets it from everyone. I am blessed to have him in my life. I want him to train aView Story ▼No one should have to tell you not to use the R word it is offensive. Please be kind to one and all. Lets turn disabilities in different abilities, because although my grandson is special, he sees joy in everything and gets it from everyone. I am blessed to have him in my life. I want him to train and compete in Special Olympics he's strong and fast. He loves to run and swim sometimes.

About Gina Heckel:I am my grandchildren guardian they are my life. My Grandson Dougie is my angel. He's amazing usually happy and wonderful. He's fast and strong. I hope he can get a coach and compete.
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