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.

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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.

Spread the Word Today!

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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.

Everyone Matters

Special Olympics is a supporter of the first “Everyone Matters Day,” today April 2, 2014. This day is a collective affirmation of human dignity and the right of everyone to be who they are – without judgment or shame. Join Special Olympics along with several celebrity supporters such as Hugh Jackman, Paul McCartney, Nicole Kidman, and Ellen DeGeneres and celebrate who you are! Join by taking a #IAM selfie and posting on facebooktwitter or instagram.

 

 

 

Jed Collins Joins our Team!

The New Orleans Saints Fullback, Jed Collins, has been announced as the Special Olympics Louisiana Ambassador! Jed has been volunteering for Special Olympics for over a year and now has the responsibility of promoting inclusion and respect for athletes with intellectual disabilities. He said, “Being a member of the New Orleans Saints family for the last year has been incredible for me and now getting to be a part of things like this and give back a little bit means even more.” We are very excited to welcome him to our team!

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