March 07, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Dickinson Press: "ND schools fight against slur on intellectually disabled"

By Roberto Coquis

Erin Baumann greets her mom and dad, Meredith, left, and Tim Baumann, with a big smile after her presentation to middle school students at Valley Middle School Tuesday. Her speech on stopping students from using the “r-word” in reference to kids with developmental disabilities is part of Wednesday’s national campaign day Spread the Word.

Dickinson Press reports, "GRAND FORKS — Red River High School graduate Erin Baumann, 31, stood before hundreds of Valley Middle School students Tuesday and told them what happens when the word “retard” is used. “Even if they are teasing, it makes fun of people with intellectual disabilities like me,” said Baumann, who has Down syndrome. “Anyone with an intellectual disability deserves to be treated as a human being. It doesn’t matter if you have intellectual disability or not, all children are important.” After she finished, she received a standing ovation."

About Roberto Coquis: I work at Special Olympics.
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