R-Word Campaign

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Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Spread the word to END the word! We want YOU to take the pledge in stopping the use of this word.

Click here to take the pledge!

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Contact our office to get the official Spread the Word to End the Word Button!

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R-Word Day 3.7.18

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On March 7th we want you to join us in taking the pledge to NOT use the R-Word!
The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual disabilities.

Check out our website by clicking here to view some more information.  Take the pledge today!

Spread the Word to End the Word Day

2015-stw-facebook-banner-1Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Spread the word to END the word! R-Word day will be Wednesday, March 1, 2017. We want YOU to take the pledge in stopping the use of this word.

Click here to take the pledge

Spread the Word to End the Word

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WHAT?

Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to engage school organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support in helping to build communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.

WHO?

Spread the Word to End the Word was founded by college students Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale 2011) in 2009, and continues to be led by passionate young people, along with Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the United States and in many other parts of the world.

WHY?

Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the R-word.

HOW?

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Spread the Word to End the Word Day is TODAY!

It is time we Spread the Word to End the Word and build awareness for society to stop and think about its’ use of the R-word. Use of that R-word, “retard” or “retarded,” is hurtful and painful and whether intended or not, is a form of bullying. Most people don’t think of this word as hate speech, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and friends. The R-word is just as cruel and offensive as any other slur. Visit www.r-word.org to make your pledge today. Eliminating the use of this word is a step toward respect.
Help us Spread the Word to End the Word™. We invite you to be a fan of respect and join us in an on-going campaign to stop the use of the R-word and pledge #Respect for everyone. Over 500,000 people have pledged their support online since the campaign launched in 2009 and we hope you can join us by making your pledge to end the use of the R-word.
Visit www.r-word.org and take the pledge and pass this email along to all your friends so together we can create communities of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

R-Word Day 3.2.16

On March 2nd we want you to join us in taking the pledge to NOT use the R-Word!
The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual disabilities.

Check out our website by clicking here to view some more information.  Take the pledge today!