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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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July 03, 2018 | North America: Connecticut

Inclusion Starts With I

By Kathleen Moran

Hi my name is Kathleen Moran and I am part of Best Buddies and the current president at my high school in Cheshire Connecticut. I also am the leader of our unified team at CHS and all our athletes are in this video. I wanted to share our clubs video about Inclusion we made this year.View Story ▼Hi my name is Kathleen Moran and I am part of Best Buddies and the current president at my high school in Cheshire Connecticut. I also am the leader of our unified team at CHS and all our athletes are in this video. I wanted to share our clubs video about Inclusion we made this year. We would for you guys to share it as well. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/wdDzgStAwGs

About Kathleen Moran:I am a unified partner at my high school who helps leads the team. We have a small team but hope to make a stronger team this year. I am also the president of our BB Club and love to include others.
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June 29, 2018 | SOI: Region North America

The Strangest 'R' Word

By Soraya

I left work one day to catch the metro bus back to Downtown when there was lady I've seen before at the library at the bus stop. Normally, we don't just outright talk to strangers but she turned to me and started talking.View Story ▼I left work one day to catch the metro bus back to Downtown when there was lady I've seen before at the library at the bus stop. Normally, we don't just outright talk to strangers but she turned to me and started talking. I tried to not pay any attention until at one point she took a dangerous turn. She called me the "R" word twice. once at the bus stop and next when on the bus. Later that day, I told my parents. They suggested I let it go. I lied to them and told them I let it go, like so many other times except this one felt different. It made me feel worse that day. Now, I tried to forget it. I never want to feel that way ever.

About Soraya:I have translocation, Down syndrome. I went to public school all my life.
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June 25, 2018 | North America: Arizona

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE PEOPLE FIRST..PEOPLE ALWAYS!

By Marvell Avery

I am a training officer for the division of developmental disabilities, everyday I have countless opportunities to educate the public about "person first language" It is about respecting an individual for who the are and what they can do . People living with limitations in their abilities Still haveView Story ▼I am a training officer for the division of developmental disabilities. Everyday I have countless opportunities to educate the public about "person first language." It is about respecting an individual for who the are and what they can do. People living with limitations in their abilities still have the same rights as anyone and at all times deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. I am proud to champion for and on behalf all citizens regardless of how they are born; to be free from abusive language and abusive treatment—and it has to start with YOU. Please help and join us all in the movement towards an ALL-INCLUSIVE world where everyone can be who they are and live their best life to their fullest potential without being labeled.Peace.

About Marvell Avery:I am woman on a mission to help create the world I want to live in.
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