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June 11, 2018 | North America: Wisconsin

Born different

By Tammy Kaiser

I was born on October 24th 1978. I was in and out of my family’s foster home for 2 years before being adopted by them. My biological mother drank and did drugs from an early age so I was born with FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) and Turners Syndrome. It was later discovered that I was mildly developmenView Story ▼I was born on October 24th 1978. I was in and out of my family’s foster home for 2 years before being adopted by them. My biological mother drank and did drugs from an early age so I was born with FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) and Turners Syndrome. It was later discovered that I was mildly developmentally delayed with ADD/ADHD as well as many learning disabilities. In school I participated in many Special Olympic activities. Despite my disabilities I grew up loved more than I realize and most people point out I am smarter than I give myself credit for.

About Tammy Kaiser:Former Special Olympian (no volunteers for the adults in our town) 40 year old Wisconsinite!
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June 11, 2018 | North America: Louisiana

I’m not stupid and here’s why!

By Paige

Hi my name is Paige and I’m a young adult who was born with static encephalopathy when I was born cause the cord was wrapped around my neck at child birth! I have mild brain damage and learning difficulties but, it’s not stopping me from doing what I love and that’s volunteering at zoo with animalsView Story ▼Hi my name is Paige and I’m a young adult who was born with static encephalopathy when I was born cause the cord was wrapped around my neck at child birth! I have mild brain damage and learning difficulties, but that is not stopping me from doing what I love and that’s volunteering at zoo with animals and helping others in my community where I live! I’m also competing in Special Olympics in bowling and also do tennis and dancing! I’m not stupid or the r-word I hate those words it makes me feel sad! So I don’t use those words cause it’s mean and hurting other people’s feelings! Instead I might say that person is mentally challenged or physically challenged or has intellectual disabilities or has trouble having issues with the disability but does not define who they are as a person! I treat everyone equally and with the same love and respect I would want! Being someone who is special needs does not mean I’m disabled and can’t do anything about my issues!

About Paige :My name is Paige and I’m an athlete involved in Special Olympics in Louisiana for bowling, I’ve been able to go to state this year for Special Olympics in bowling and have done it for 2 years now!
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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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