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March 29, 2015 | SOI: Region North America

Nathan

By Hope Ossakow

Ok,so yesterday my brother and I were at my other brothers tournament for soccer and my brother nathan with downsyndrome was making background noises like he usually does because of his disability and because he can't talk.View Story ▼Ok, so yesterday my brother and I were at my other brother's tournament for soccer and my brother Nathan with Down syndrome was making background noises like he usually does because of his disability and because he can't talk and this boy just sits right next to him with his friend and just starts laughing at him and then says to his friend "he's so weird Ew" and luckily the friend kept quiet and observed Nathan without laughing. But then the boy got worse and said to his friend "ew look at his face " and I just kept listening as my anger was building up and finally the boy said "hello can you even hear me" and then after that said to his friend "I just want to punch him, all he is saying is eeeeeeeee" and then finally I couldn't stand it anymore and went over the the boy and said "punch him and you're dead" and then the boy and his friend ran away and that was the end of my perfect little brother nathan getting bullied / made fun of!

About Hope Ossakow:I am very athletic and love to sing. Even though I am considered a kid still i support all disabilities as much as possible and so does my whole family!
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March 29, 2015 | North America: Texas

people saying the rword

By bridgette

Well my story begins when i was a freshman in high school and all the time i would hear people say the r-word and it would drive me crazy so i decided to join meet in the middle to stop the r-word cause everyone needs respectView Story ▼Well my story begins when i was a freshman in high school and all the time i would hear people say the r-word and it would drive me crazy so i decided to join meet in the middle to stop the r-word cause everyone needs respect

About bridgette:hi i am Bridgette Thomas and i am a Meet in the Middle Member and a Special Olympics athlete for Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz Texas
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March 29, 2015 | North America: Texas

Kempner High School Sugar Land Texas Bricks up Erase the "R' Word

By KHS Best Buddies Club Parent Team

The Best Buddies Club hold "BRICK UP THE 'R' WORD!" at Kempner High School Texas

Kempner High School, Sugar Land TX is hosting a 'Brick up the R word' all this week. The 'Bricks" will cover up the "R" word and spell RESPECT!!! The Best Buddies chapter of KHS is also hosting fundraisers to raise money for the Best Buddies Houston Friendship Walk in Houston on April 18th.View Story ▼Kempner High School, Sugar Land TX is hosting a 'Brick up the R word' all this week. The 'Bricks" will cover up the "R" word and spell RESPECT!!! The Best Buddies chapter of KHS is also hosting fundraisers to raise money for the Best Buddies Houston Friendship Walk in Houston on April 18th. Go Cougars!!

About KHS Best Buddies Club Parent Team:My daughter has Down Syndrome & epilepsy. We are involved in the Best Buddies Chapter at Kempner High School. This club has changed her life. She has found her voice, her confidence and self esteem.
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March 29, 2015 | North America: New Hampshire

Family Member

By Brittany

My dad's cousin has autism. I met him recently and he inspired me to do this pledge because he has told me stories and stories of people calling him the r-word at school and him getting bullied at school.View Story ▼My dad's cousin has autism. I met him recently and he inspired me to do this pledge because he has told me stories and stories of people calling him the r-word at school and him getting bullied at school, and nothing ever got fixed. He is the sweetest, most caring guy I've met and it's not fair that he had such a hard schooling experience.

About Brittany:My name is Brittany, I go to PSU. I'm doing this pledge because I truly believe in not using the R-word because of how disrespectful and mean it is to say.
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March 29, 2015 | North America: Oklahoma

Think Before You Speak

By Baylee

So I used the r-word to display how childish my close friends were acting. A nearby little girl, she was five, stood up and walked over to me, with tears in her eyes she asked me to stop my use of this word, her best friend was handicapped, and also had a mental disability. I cried and told her how sorry I was.View Story ▼I used to use the r-word all the time, I have older brothers who said it when I was little, and i caught on and I'd said every since then. Until one day, someone changed my point of view, and showed me how badly the word can hurt someone with the disability. I was in a restaurant with some friends, we were eating chinese food, they were acting out, and putting chopsticks in their mouths acting as if they were walruses. So I used the r-word to display how childish my close friends were acting. A nearby little girl, she was five, stood up and walked over to me, with tears in her eyes she asked me to stop my use of this word, her best friend was handicapped, and also had a mental disability. I cried and told her how sorry I was. And I promised to never say this word again. She made me realize that that word can actually hurt someone with the disability, or close to someone with it. From that day forward I have never said the word again.

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Apr 1, 2015
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The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the New Jersey Student Education Association at Fairleigh Dickinson University are hosting a tabling event to raise awareness for "Spread the Word to End the Word," to educate the student body, and to ask the students and faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University to sign the pledge.
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We are holding a rally to get the word out that the R-word is hurtful. We are a nursing honor society and find it extremely important to get people involved. We are going to have speakers explaining how the word is hurtful.
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