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January 17, 2018 | North America: Kentucky

R-word on deviantART

By Rainika Mcintosh

I'm an artist with autism. I confronted a 14 year old bully who harassed my friends on a art website called deviantART. The bully disrespect me, my friends and my family. I was so angry and upset when he called my cousin with down syndrome and stage 4 cancer that horrible word, it's offensive to me and my friends on deviantART. So I decided to share my story to everyone who hates the R-word more than me.View Story ▼I'm an artist with autism. I confronted a 14 year old bully who harassed my friends on a art website called deviantART. The bully disrespect me, my friends and my family. I was so angry and upset when he called my cousin with down syndrome and stage 4 cancer that horrible word, it's offensive to me and my friends on deviantART. So I decided to share my story to everyone who hates the R-word more than me.

About Rainika Mcintosh:I'm a 22 year old woman with autism, I live with my family in Louisville, KY
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January 10, 2018 | North America: Arizona

Inclusion in the community

By Indrani Solomon

Basketball youth league

My story begins with helping the community understand meaningful inclusion. I worked on a project interviewing ordinary community members doing extraordinary work, believing in inclusion and equity and doing what it takes to help a kid like my son with an intellectual disability be one of the many wView Story ▼My story begins with helping the community understand meaningful inclusion. I worked on a project interviewing ordinary community members doing extraordinary work, believing in inclusion and equity and doing what it takes to help a kid like my son with an intellectual disability be one of the many who can learn a sport of his choice. The video speaks about neuroplasticity, equity and universally designed inclusive practices while also drawing comparisons with how things were in the past. Inclusion matters. Not just for the person with a disability but also for the community at large to learn from and invent new ideas and approaches to help everyone thrive in an inclusive environment.

About Indrani Solomon:I am a parent of 2 smart and funny kids. I am also an inclusion advocate for my son with Down syndrome. I help the youth engage in hard conversations and understand the human perspective by arranging storytelling events in my community.
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January 10, 2018 | North America: Ohio

DSP

By Lora Duvall

I am a direct support provider for individuals with special needs and I also have a cousin who has Downs syndrome and one who is special. I make a point to correct everyone about the r word I do not like it I have never liked it and I make sure to explain that the r word is not proper it nice and exView Story ▼I am a direct support provider for individuals with special needs and I also have a cousin who has Downs syndrome and one who is special. I make a point to correct everyone about the r word I do not like it I have never liked it and I make sure to explain that the r word is not proper it nice and explain that anyone who was born different is special and God found them to be special because he put these individuals in our lives to make them better. I am glad they changed it from MRDD to DODD (Department of Developmental Disabilities). The r word is bad and I did not allow my children to use it growing up and I correct anyone using it.

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January 02, 2018 | North America: Canada

Athlete Designed Special Olympics Alberta Holiday Card

By Katherine Dalusong

Becky Riddel, Special Olympics Alberta athlete, with her designed the Special Olympics themed Holiday Card.

Becky Riddel has been doodling forever, a perfect hobby for creating the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Holiday Card. “I LIKE WRITING POEMS AND DRAWING AND I JUST CAME UP WITH THE POEM AT THE TOP OF MY HEAD,” SAID RIDDEL. “I thought I would add the trees, presents and Special Olympics symbol tooView Story ▼Becky Riddel has been doodling forever, a perfect hobby for creating the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Holiday Card.“I LIKE WRITING POEMS AND DRAWING AND I JUST CAME UP WITH THE POEM AT THE TOP OF MY HEAD,” SAID RIDDEL. “I thought I would add the trees, presents and Special Olympics symbol too.” Becky Riddel was introduced to Special Olympics by her husband, Jeff Riddel in November of 2009 and since then she’s been competing in curling and bocce and stayed with the movement because she likes learning skills and meeting new friends. For Becky, the holidays is all about family and friends. She is looking forward to visiting her family in Nakusp, BC and taking part in their traditional imaginary gift exchange where family members make up a fun story for each family member as part of their Christmas gift. Check out the full story www.specialolympics.ca/alberta.

About Katherine Dalusong:I am the proud marketing and communciations manager with Special Olympics Alberta who loves to celebrate and share the stories of our athletes, coaches and volunteers.
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January 02, 2018 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Sibling carer

By Sara Mae

I am so pleased to see that this issue is being taken seriously. Growing up as the sister and sibling carer to Nathan, who is profoundly learning disabled, the use of this word has deeply hurt me since my childhood. However, it has continued to be used by some people around me, even a few close frieView Story ▼I am so pleased to see that this issue is being taken seriously. Growing up as the sister and sibling carer to Nathan, who is profoundly learning disabled, the use of this word has deeply hurt me since my childhood. However, it has continued to be used by some people around me, even a few close friends. I don’t always feel like challenging people and opening up my vulnerability because it’s such a sensitive subject for me. So I’m just going to put this here and hope everyone makes the pledge to eradicate it from your vocabulary if you use it. Or please challenge people on my behalf if you wouldn’t mind. I also have a number of friends who have learning disabled children and children on the autistic spectrum who I think might also like this word to not be used, so I’m putting it out there for them too.

About Sara Mae :I’m a 41 year old working mum and sister to my 39 year old learning disabled brother Nathan.
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