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October 22, 2014 | North America: Montana

I have been called The r-word

By Shandra Lynn Bell

I have been called the r-word and it isn't fun i have seen my class mates use the r-word to describe something they think is stupid,uncool, or used as a complaint.View Story ▼I have been called the r-word and it isn't fun. I have seen my class mates use the r-word to describe something they think is stupid,uncool, or used as a complaint. No child deserves be called this and because i have been called the r-word it has scarred me for life. I also have been told that since i have a disability. i am supose to be in the r-word classes.

About Shandra Lynn Bell: I have crouzon syndrome which basically means that my facial bones don't grow it takes me a bit longer to learn things or to gather information. How ever you can't tell i have Crouzon syndrome now
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October 22, 2014 | North America: Southern California

R-Word from a Sister's Perspective

By Kimberly

My older sister has an intellectual disability and is the most amazing person I know. My love and respect for her has inspired me in all aspects of my life.View Story ▼I pledged in 2010 but the R-Word has never been a part of my vocabulary. My older sister has an intellectual disability and is the most amazing person I know. My love and respect for her has inspired me in all aspects of my life. For me, taking the pledge was a no-brainer. I have spent my entire life supporting my sister and her classmates. My only wish is that more people will take the pledge, promote supportive dialogue in communities, and provide awareness to others that use the word.

About Kimberly:I am the younger sister of an amazing 27 year old woman than was born with an intellectual disability. I love everything this organization stands for!
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October 22, 2014 | North America: Tennessee

My R-word Story

By Abby Reed

Spread The Word To End The Word is important to me because I have a disability and I have friends with disabilities.View Story ▼Spread The Word To End The Word is important to me because I have a disability and I have friends with disabilities so I believe that eliminating the R-word is mandatory if me and my friends are treated with respect. Sometimes at school, I am called the R-word and I tell them that's not nice. I tell them that's a slur used to describe people with disabilities and it is not good to use. This is how I raise awareness about the R-word.

About Abby Reed:I am 18 years old and I live in Jackson TN. I love to play sports and I like to go to school. I go to school at North Side High School.
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October 14, 2014 | North America: Utah

STOP THE WORD!

By Abigail Poulson

My cousins and me are really close and I always go over to her house and one of her neighbors in disabled and he is so amazing.View Story ▼My cousins and me are really close and I always go over to her house and one of her neighbors in disabled and he is so amazing. When I was over there last he had just gotten out of the hospital so we made their family cookies and gave them to them. We usually go over to his house just to say hi and to hang out with him for a little while. I love it when I'm with him because it makes me feel really good inside.

About Abigail Poulson:I help out in the peer tutor class. And I love that class it is actually my favorite class.
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October 14, 2014 | North America: Ohio

End this R WORD

By Mr Slick

My name is Josh Watson. I have special needs. I AM 29. I hear the R WORD a lot. I've been called the R word in the past. My friends have special needs. They have been called the R WORD.View Story ▼My name is Josh Watson. I have special needs. I AM 29. I hear the R WORD a lot. I've been called the R word in the past. My friends have special needs. They have been called the R WORD, so that's why I want to end this impolite word. I go to a private day program. It's a farm. And I go to STEPPING STONES CAMP ALLYN

About Mr Slick :I go to a private day program it's a farm, go to STEPPING STONES CAMP ALLYN I play sports I play lots of basketball I Play video games go shopping out to eat visit my family in Mississippi
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