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April 27, 2015 | East Asia: China

My Point of View on the R-word

By Anonymous

Although the r word is primarily a slur against intellectually disabled people and other disabled people next, my POV is as a developmentally disabled person. I am 15, and my classmates think that they entitled to use slurs that have been historically tied to people like me.View Story ▼Although the r word is primarily a slur against intellectually disabled people and other disabled people next, my POV is as a developmentally disabled person. I am 15, and my classmates think that they entitled to use slurs that have been historically tied to the murder, institutionalisation, physical/mental/emotional/medical/etc. abuse, refusal of autonomy of people like me. I've tried to make aware many times about how the word is harmful but no one yet is willing to amplify the disabled community's reasonable anger at people for using this slur. I hope to continue trying to bring awareness to how it is harmful.

About Anonymous:I'm in high school and was informally diagnosed by my psychologist as autistic when 13.
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April 27, 2015 | North America: West Virginia

end the r- word

By Amanda Hawkins

when I hear someone saying the r word I tell them what I they were called a bad name how would you feel.View Story ▼when I hear someone saying the r word I tell them what I they were called a bad name how would you feel.

About Amanda Hawkins:I have a learning disability and I have heard this word too many times and no one spoke up to tell them that word hurts.
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April 27, 2015 | North America: Canada

Blinders Off: A Sister's Love

By Whitney Easton

I never really worried about people using the r-word before. Having a sister with special needs, I rarely used the term myself but I didn't want to be that girl making everyone else in the room uncomfortable.View Story ▼I never really worried about people using the r-word before. Having a sister with special needs, I rarely used the term myself but I didn't want to be that girl making everyone else in the room uncomfortable if they accident used it, because they knew about my sister, so I just put my blinders on and let it go. It took a couple of years of maturing to realize how important it is for me to stand up to people who choose to use this hurtful and inconsiderate term. If I am willing to do anything for my sister, including lay down my own life, then why can't I correct people when they use a term that systematically excludes and degrades her. Taking this pledge is a small but important first step in my quest to aid and support the goal of eradicating the use of the r-word. Blinders off!

About Whitney Easton:I am a Full Time House Parent at the Canadian International Hockey Academy, in Rockland, Ontario. I have a degree in English, Canadian History and Education. I hope to become a Special Needs Educator.
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April 27, 2015 | North America: Michigan

Many lives to stop one word

By Kayla Hodges

I work at an all special education school called Heartwood. I am going to school to teach special education. It has been about two years since I have used the r word.View Story ▼I work at an all-special education school called Heartwood. I am going to school to teach special education. It has been about two years since I have used the r word, and I continue to spread my cease of the word to friends of mine. The kids and adults I work with are so great, and deserve so much more respect than they receive. Stop the r word!

About Kayla Hodges:I am a paraprofessional at Heartwood school. I regularly volunteer at special Olympics. I am going to school to teach special education
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April 27, 2015 | North America: Northern California

#Respect

By Daisy

I have friends who still use the R-word sometimes and it bothers me, not because I think of my son as being the R-word but because not only is it incorrect terminology but it is used as an insult. Since when does being delayed become an insult.View Story ▼My son has an undiagnosed disorder of the nervous system, even though he is not diagnosed for his condition he has been diagnosed as having global developmental delay. This means he is delayed in all aspects (cognitive, emotional, motor, etc.). I have friends who still use the R-word sometimes and it bothers me, not because I think of my son as being the R-word but because not only is it incorrect terminology but it is used as an insult. Since when does being delayed become an insult. It's a blessing! I have learned to appreciate all of the little things he learns that others take for granted. I spread the word and tell people not to use that word not only because it offends be but because it offends every family who has a special needs child. Spread the word! Respect is the way to go!

About Daisy:First I am a mother, then I am a student working on my medical coding certificate. I love spending time with my son, I love reading and I am a movie addict. Everything I do is for my son.
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May 16, 2015

Pullman ArtWalk

Street art of "Don't be a Zombie! End the 'R' Word! will be installed on chain link fence behind Pine Street Plaza. Rally will be held in the plaza, free popcorn will be given out. Please stop by and sign the pledge to End the R-word.
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Pullman, Washington
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    Lubbock, Texas
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  • My brother has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome which makes it so he can't walk or talk. I have always hated the R-word. It is disrespectful and in no way a cool word to say. I ...

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    American Fork, Utah
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    United States
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    Pooler, United States
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    Wilmette, Illinois
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