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December 01, 2017 |

Be Nice to People Like Me

By Andrei

I'm autistic and nobody treats me badly because I'm nice to other people. I strongly support ending the use of the "r-word".View Story ▼I'm autistic and nobody treats me badly because I'm nice to other people. I strongly support ending the use of the "r-word".

About Andrei:I'm am a boy with autism and my mom loves me very much and wants me to help others.
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December 01, 2017 | North America: Nevada

Why I Must Right My Wrongs

By Shawn McMurtry

I have a degree in special education but I have used the "r-word" before at home among family to refer to people without disabilities who are dangerously ignorant, IE drunk drivers and such. Not realizing the irony, I now see how I have slandered a community I advocate in the closest and most dearView Story ▼I have a degree in special education but I have used the "r-word" before at home among family to refer to people without disabilities who are dangerously ignorant, IE drunk drivers and such. Not realizing the irony, I now see how I have slandered a community I advocate in the closest and most dear company I have. This has been a bad habit and I intend to make up for it by advocating for banishing the "r-word" from my vocabulary and promoting it's extinction from all language including automotive ignition timing and scientific uses. I was in first grade when I first heard the "r-word". I was the new kid at and Elementary school in Pemberton British Columbia. They called me a Hippy Dippy child because I was from the Bay Area in California. A group of boys were trying to get a girl who had Downs Syndrome to kiss me. I didn't like the word they called her then and I am ashamed to ever have used it myself. Fortunately for me, I have a daughter who advocates! She hasn't given up on me. My Turn Now!!!

About Shawn McMurtry:I am a teacher, a husband of 26 years, and a parent of 2.
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December 01, 2017 | North America: Michigan

Taking a Friend with Autism to Prom

By Kendra Nora

Since I can remember I have had a friend with autism who I hold dear to my heart. We grew up as good friends. I never saw him as any different but of course many people did. I knew that his social life had to be hard. Junior year of high school he asked me to attend prom with him and I was overjoyedView Story ▼Since I can remember I have had a friend with autism who I hold dear to my heart. We grew up as good friends. I never saw him as any different but of course many people did. I knew that his social life had to be hard. Junior year of high school he asked me to attend prom with him and I was overjoyed. I took him to homecoming and prom that year. Not because I felt sorry for him but because he holds a special place in my heart and I wanted him to see how loved he truly is and to give him something special that he can always reflect on. He is an inspiration to me everyday and I wanted to thank him for that by taking him to prom. He ended up winning prom king and that was the icing to the cake! He brings up winning prom king all of the time now. It was beautiful. It angers me to see people treat him different.

About Kendra Nora:Daughter of a special education teacher and friend of person with autism.
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December 01, 2017 | North America: Wisconsin

Don't Say It!

By Madison

The R-Word is super hurtful. People need to understand that it does NOT mean "stupid." I hear people throwing the word around all the time. I go to a Christian high school and I would expect people to have more respect! I hope some day everyone will understand that the R-Word is very disrespectful aView Story ▼The R-Word is super hurtful. People need to understand that it does NOT mean "stupid." I hear people throwing the word around all the time. I go to a Christian high school and I would expect people to have more respect! I hope some day everyone will understand that the R-Word is very disrespectful and should never, ever be used as an insult.

About Madison:I have two low-functioning brothers with autism and a sister with Asperger Syndrome.
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December 01, 2017 | North America: Florida

Part of Me

By Samuel Piazza

Having Down Syndrome is part of me. What makes me feel bad in life is when people say the "R-word." It hurts so many people who are born with or without a disability but now we can make a change in our lives the way we know it.View Story ▼Having Down Syndrome is part of me. What makes me feel bad in life is when people say the "R-word." It hurts so many people who are born with or without a disability but now we can make a change in our lives the way we know it.

About Samuel Piazza :I am 27 years old and I have Down Syndrome and I am working at PDQ Carrollwood in Tampa FL been there for almost 5 years now and I love to lift weights.
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    Monson , Massachusetts

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    Sacramento, California

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