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November 19, 2014 | North America: Ohio

The words we hear do hurt.

By Alyssa Monique

Don't ever give up, you are special. Even when no one seems to care just know there is always someone out there. Like even me. I care about every single being out in this world and I think it's important for no one to ever give up.View Story ▼I am 16 years old and all of my life I have been called names for no reasons.I'm the most caring person alive although I do have P.T.S.D and severe Depression. People have always tried to upset me and worse. I may not have a disability but I feel like bullying and words should not be said to ever intend or accidentally hurt one another. Even though I have been through a lot in my life I am still here standing strong and tall as I can. And you can too. Just set your mind to never giving up and just ignore the words that hurt, Because only you know who you really are. No one's opinions matter especially when it's about living person who does have a heart and a life ahead of them. If you are reading this here's my msg to you.: Don't ever give up, you are special. Even when no one seems to care just know there is always someone out there. Like even me. I care about every single being out in this world and I think it's important for no one to ever give up. Thanks for reading(:

About Alyssa Monique:I am 16 years old and I have always been bullied for who and how I am. Bullying is out of the question and is a very disrespectful thing to everyone.
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November 19, 2014 | North America: Maine

She Played the Piano for 5,000 People

By Ann (Dresser) Meredith

I was the piano teacher for a girl with Down syndrome. Her dad was going to the National Association of Down Syndrome convention. She wanted to play her favorite song at the convention.View Story ▼I was the piano teacher for a girl with Down syndrome. Her dad was going to the National Association of Down Syndrome convention. She wanted to play her favorite song at the convention. She learned "You Light Up My Life" and played it for 5,000 people. She has talent, smiles, courage and she was the shining light. The newspaper wrote a story and put her picture in the paper for all to see and know her abilities.

About Ann (Dresser) Meredith:Music and Mental Health Therapist who has had the pleasure of working with people with Down syndrome, CP, and many R-conditions. in RI, MA, and ME. My life has been enriched.
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November 19, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Qatar

WHY?

By Marelie

Why? I ask myself why do people treat people that are equal but look different differently? We are all humans are we not? Ask yourself is a life worth living to seem more powerful than others or is a life worth living to know that you have made a change in some way.View Story ▼Why? I ask myself why do people treat people that are equal but look different differently? We are all humans are we not? Ask yourself is a life worth living to seem more powerful than others or is a life worth living to know that you have made a change in some way. I am younger than 20 but i know and understand that everyone deserves a chance to live without fear and without thinking that they are not wanted. To all they kids that think they are useless it is not true, God made you perfect just the way you are and don't try changing one bit because i may never know or meet you but i know you are beautiful and that God put you on this earth for a reason. You may not know now but just like my mother always says, God will not put an obstacle in front of you unless he knows that you will finish it. To all you people trying to be something by discouraging someone else that looks different or talks different or even thinks different i have news for you, you're nothing but a coward.

About Marelie:i am a student and i am passionate towards my surroundings. i am no older than 15.
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November 19, 2014 | North America: Guadeloupe

This is My Life

By sharon

My uncle hates this word because some of my family have intellectual disabilities. So does he. We live in downtown.View Story ▼My uncle hates this word because some of my family have intellectual disabilities. So does he. We live in downtown.

About sharon:I'm blond and short and the head of the basketball team.
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November 19, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Australia

It's Not Funny

By Ella

My little sister has Rett syndrome which makes me a lot more sensitive to some language than other. Lately I have been asking a boy in my class to stop saying the R word.View Story ▼My little sister has Rett syndrome which makes me a lot more sensitive to some language than other. Lately I have been asking a boy in my class to stop saying the R word. He kept on saying it, saying "it's just a word". It came to the point were I turned around and screamed at him. My parents called our year coordinator and later I found out that another member of my class talked to her independently. That boy got in some serious trouble.

About Ella:My name is Ella and I have a little sister Zoe. She is ten years old and the most beautiful little girl you could hope to meet. She has Rett syndrome. I want to get rid of the R word permanently.
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