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January 19, 2015 | North America: Colorado

Lessons Learned

By Natalie

I am in middle school. I had the fortune to be a peer helper and work with the special education kids. They are so sweet and kind and taght me many things. I have my school signed up and in the spring, I will be spreading the word at my middle school.View Story ▼ I am in middle school. I had the fortune to be a peer helper and work with the special education kids. They are so sweet and kind and taght me many things. I have my school signed up and in the spring, I will be spreading the word at my middle school.

About Natalie :I am a middle schooler and had the opportunity to spend a portion of my school day hanging out with special education kids.
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January 19, 2015 | North America: Florida

My little brother, Timmy

By Rachel Edmister Tucker

Tim's big sister

Back in 1955, when I was only one year old, my Mom gave birth to a sweet baby brother, who she named Timothy James "Timmy". Timmy was born with Downs Syndrome, but in those days, all people born with that were called "retarded" or "retards".View Story ▼Back in 1955, when I was only one year old, my Mom gave birth to a sweet baby brother, who she named Timothy James "Timmy". Timmy was born with Downs Syndrome, but in those days, all people born with that were called "retarded" or "retards". Being only one year younger than Timmy, I didn't understand at first, but as we got older, I started seeing the hatred and the fear of his difference from others, and the looks I saw aimed at him twisted my heart, it hurt so badly. I would never want another human being to feel pain like that, being set aside as damaged goods and called derogatory words , i.e., retard, freak, etc. God loves us all, we need to learn to love each other and stop the hate.

About Rachel Edmister Tucker:I am the big sister of a handsome young man, Timothy James Edmister, who has Downs Syndrome. It is because of him my heart has been made to understand what kindness and love are.
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January 19, 2015 | North America: Utah

Cousin WIll

By Katie Morrison

Why do you have to say the R-word? Is it kind? Do you even know that you are saying it? Think before you say, mostly saying the R-Word because that hurts people's feelings.View Story ▼My cousin Will cant straighten his legs all the way, and he cant run or walk that fast either. My little cousins always run around and play, while he tries to play and do what they are doing. I love him with all my heart, and I dont understand what the R-word even means. People walk by people and say that word right in front of them, and never think before they speak. Will is a normal little boy doing what everyone else likes to do, and he can even be better than us! He is normal. Why do you have to say the R-word? Is it kind? Do you even know that you are saying it? Think before you say, mostly saying the R-Word because that hurts people's feelings. I don't understand how people can say what they want and laugh, and when people say stuff to them they get all mad and up in their face. It's not, nice is it!? Thinking before you say something is the nicest option ever! Be kind, and think what if that was me?!

About Katie Morrison:I love to dance, and help out the community! I'm Mormon and I love my cousin!
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January 19, 2015 | North America: Michigan

A girl with Down syndrome in my school

By Hannah Kim

In my high school, Suzie is, a girl with Down syndrome, is someone who I would describe as blonde, white; maybe a little bit petite. But never would I call her the R word.View Story ▼In my high school, Suzie is, a girl with Down syndrome, is someone who I would describe as blonde, white; maybe a little bit petite. But never would I call her the R word.

About Hannah Kim:I have high functioning autism and take all high level classes, but just because Suzie is cognitively impaired doesn't make her weird.
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January 19, 2015 | North America: Canada

Spread the Word!

By Jenna

I hear people telling their friends in the hallway not to use the r-word and I have people coming up to me and apologizing for having used it. Please share our video!View Story ▼My friends and I did this presentation in front of our entire school. I am the blonde one and my twin brother is the one I hug at the end, he has cerebral palsy. Now, we have both posters fully signed pledging not to use the r-word, I hear people telling their friends in the hallway not to use the r-word and I have people coming up to me and apologizing for having used it. Please share our video!

About Jenna:My twin brother and I were born two months premature, and as a result he has cerebral palsy. We are best friends and I couldn't love anybody more.
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Mar 1, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The New 'R' Word is RESPECT Pledge Drive

Opportunity to PLEDGE, with music, films, information about local services, co-hosted by area colleges, schools, agencies and community groups.
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Patricia Gooding
Email :levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone :607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
Ithaca, New York
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Mar 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

End The R-Word

Please help us to bring awareness to the public by joining us at the Uniontown Mall on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Public welcome.
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Brenda Fike
Email :brenda.fike@arcfayette.org
Phone :724-438-9042
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Uniontown Mall
1368 Mall Run Road

Uniontown, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Mar 4, 2015

Dartmouth Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

Dartmouth Special Education Parents Advisory Council wants you to help spread the word to end the word. The purpose of this online/ social media pledge event is to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word (retard or retarded) and its negative effects on people with intellectual impairments, as well as the families and friends. However, this campaign is about more than just raising awareness of the R-word; it is also about changing the attitudes of segregation and hate, to attitudes of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance, understanding. Lets focus on a better r-word: RESPECT.
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Kathleen Amaral
Email :amaral.kathleen@gmail.com
Phone :508-207-3015
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Dartmouth Public Schools SEPAC/online Pledge Event
8 Bush Street

Dartmouth , MASSACHUSETTS
UNITED STATES

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