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April 17, 2018 | SOI: Region North America

My son, my love

By Carol Wallace

As a mother of a son with Down’s, we have faced plenty of discrimination. But he is a joy to all he meets. Saying the r-word shows insensitivity and ignorance. It is hurtful and demeaning.View Story ▼As a mother of a son with Down’s, we have faced plenty of discrimination. But he is a joy to all he meets. Saying the r-word shows insensitivity and ignorance. It is hurtful and demeaning.

About Carol Wallace:I am just a mom. But I will fight for my son as I have for 36 Years. He is the light of my life. I wouldn’t change him for the world. I am just a mom, but I am a proud mom.
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April 17, 2018 | North America: Washington

The Arc of Tri-Cities Spread the Word Campaigns

By Sue Pederson

Every Year, The Arc of Tri-Cities, Buddy Clubs in Washington do "R" Word Campaigns on their High School & Middle School Campuses. This year, we collected 2269 pledges from students and staff pledging to NEVER use the "R Word."View Story ▼Every Year, The Arc of Tri-Cities, Buddy Clubs in Washington do "R" Word Campaigns on their High School & Middle School Campuses. This year, we collected 2269 pledges from students and staff pledging to NEVER use the "R Word."

About Sue Pederson:I work for The Arc of Tri-Cities as their Buddy Club Program Coordinator. The BC Student Leadership is responsible for organizing an "R Word" Campaign on their campus! They did an Awesome Job!!!!
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April 17, 2018 | North America: Alabama

Really?

By Hannah

When I heard these boys talking to my friend who has autism, I got so mad. They were using the r-word in such a mean way. I went over there and explained why that was mean. They apologized and backed off.View Story ▼When I heard these boys talking to my friend who has autism, I got so mad. They were using the r-word in such a mean way. I went over there and explained why that was mean. They apologized and backed off.

About Hannah:I love playing volleyball and softball!
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April 17, 2018 | North America: Pennsylvania

why I pledged

By Summer Keefer

My little cousin has autism, and he has his rough times, especially when people don't understand him like me and my family do. When people use that word, it upsets him very much, so we need to spread the word to end it.View Story ▼My little cousin has autism, and he has his rough times, especially when people don't understand him like me and my family do. When people use that word, it upsets him very much, so we need to spread the word to end it.

About Summer Keefer:I am sixteen and in high school.
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April 02, 2018 | North America: Nevada

Disabled and Bullied!

By Julian Shipman

When I was in High School, I was different from the other students. Students bullied me and a few of my friends (We have Aspergers.), and I was called the R-word. I was the weird one at our school for being disabled. But, I’ve hadView Story ▼When I was in High School, I was different from the other students. Students bullied me and a few of my friends (We have Aspergers.), and I was called the R-word. I was the weird one at our school for being disabled.But, I’ve had friends (now) stop using that word. I asked them to stop because it’s offensive to me and those that live with a disability.What I’m trying to say is, that word that many use still to this day is offensive to people with disabilities. I don’t care if someone is trying to be funny and use that word. If someone uses it constantly, I will automatically think less of that person, and I wonder if they talk to their parents like that.

About Julian Shipman:24 years old, diagnosed with PDD-NOS. I’m an athlete for Special Olympics Nevada's Bowling League. I like to play with Legos. I like to listen to music, and I’m an artist.
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