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

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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 to End the Word

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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.

The annual day of awareness is being held March 2,2016. While most activities are centered on or near that annual day in March, people everywhere can help spread the word throughout their communities and schools year-round through pledge drives, youth rallies and online activation.

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.

Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions. Make your pledge for #Respect today at www.R-word.org.

Visit www.r-word.org to learn how you can Spread the Word to End the Word.

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.

Spread the Word

The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.

The R-word campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.  Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.  Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.

Our annual day of awareness, the first Wednesday of every March, is fast approaching! Make sure you have all the resources you need to end the R-word on 03.04.15!

Help us raise awareness about the hurtfulness of the R-word by pledging and sharing your stories year round.

Spread the Word to End the Word! For more information click here, or pledge by visiting www.r-word.org.

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People First Language

People first language is important to our organization and our athletes.  By using this, our athletes are looked at for the person they are, or the things they have accomplished before their disability is known.People First Language

In a recent blog post from Special Olympics guest blogger, Daniel Smrokowski,  he describes people first language by stating, “In other words, the person is named before the adjective or descriptive phrase referring to the person. It helps to memorize a simple example…”

Read the full blog post here.