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Your Stories

May 25, 2018 | North America: Connecticut

Changing the R word to "Respect" and change hate to love.

By Matthew Brian Fenton

Replace the R word with "Respect" and drop the word "Dis" from Ability. Ability comes first. Be a friend be a proud partner of people with special needs and think about what we can do instead of what we "can't" do. I enjoy Special Olympics and it has changed my life for the better.View Story ▼Replace the R word with "Respect" and drop the word "Dis" from Ability. Ability comes first. Be a friend be a proud partner of people with special needs and think about what we can do instead of what we "can't" do. I enjoy Special Olympics and it has changed my life for the better. It takes is that one special once in a lifetime person to change your life for the better. Reach out just once and your life will be forever positive.

About Matthew Brian Fenton:I am an athlete and global messenger on the autism spectrum and the first time I ever heard that nasty word was during my teenage years but never in my younger childhood days.
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May 25, 2018 | North America: Arizona

I'm Not What People Say I Am

By Tonda Alexander

I have worked with children with disabilities, and Yes it's hurtful to hear them being called the "R" word. They aren't what people call them, they have feelings just as you and I have.View Story ▼I have worked with children with disabilities, and Yes it's hurtful to hear them being called the "R" word. They aren't what people call them, they have feelings just as you and I have. Everyone is "Special " in their own way and having a disability doesn't make anyone less special then anyone else. And it's because we have ALL have one thing in common, feelings. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 4, he is now 10 and he gets called the R word. I tell him to ignore them, because we are all unique in our own way...

About Tonda Alexander:My name is Tonda, I'm 43 years old and I have a 10 year old. At the age of 4 he was diagnosed with ADHD and as I parent I blamed myself. But he is special and unique in his own little way.
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May 24, 2018 | North America: Illinois

End the r word

By Jennifer pitts

Hi my name is Jennifer Pitts. I'm a special needs adult. I hate it when someone uses the r word in the wrong way, think before you speak. I have been an athlete for 31 years already.View Story ▼Hi my name is Jennifer Pitts. I'm a special needs adult. I hate it when someone uses the r word in the wrong way, think before you speak. I have been an athlete for 31 years already.

About Jennifer pitts:I have about 300 Medals. I'm a global messenger from area 2 from 2001 too present.
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April 30, 2018 | North America: Illinois

Stop using the r word, it hurts the feelings of people with disabilities

By Jennifer Pitts

I’m been a athlete for 30 years I use to hear the r word all the time until I stand up to them and told them that when you guys use that word it’s hurt people with disability and there family too from a athlete and global messenger too we all are family and some way are eitherView Story ▼I’m been a athlete for 30 years I use to hear the r-word all the time until I stand up to them and told them that when you guys use that word and it hurts people with disabilities and there family too. From an athlete and global messenger we all are family in one way or another.

About Jennifer Pitts:I’m won medals of all kinds about 30 years ago. Let me win but if I can’t win let me be brave in they attempt
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April 25, 2018 | North America: Canada

Help and the r-word,

By Padfoot

I am a student and my club is trying to end the r-word that people so constantly use in everyday conversations not realizing how hurtful it can be.View Story ▼I am a student and my club is trying to end the r-word that people so constantly use in everyday conversations not realizing how hurtful it can be.

About Padfoot:I am a student in a club that protests the r-word
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