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September 02, 2015 | North America: Florida

My Little Friend

By My name is Allyson I am 11 and I am all for kids with disablity's. They are my favorite people.

I know a girl her name is Skyler, and she has Down syndrome. She is one of those girls who can do everything. She is a great cheerleader and dancer.View Story ▼I know a girl her name is Skyler, and she has Down syndrome. She is one of those girls who can do everything. She is a great cheerleader and dancer. I love her like a little sister and anyone who calls her the R-word has issues. I stand against the R-word for all eternity!

About My name is Allyson I am 11 and I am all for kids with disablity's. They are my favorite people.:I have this club at my school called Best Buddies that I attend.
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August 31, 2015 | North America: Colorado

Alien Autistic

By Nathan Beach

My last Halloween costume. A mad scientist. Not a stretch for me.

My name is Nathan Beach. The Awesome Alien Autistic on Youtube. Now 41 I have always lived with Asperger's Syndrome and a diagnosed learning problem. Having heard the r-word a great deal growing up this website inspired me to make a Youtube video about it.View Story ▼My name is Nathan Beach. The Awesome Alien Autistic on Youtube. Now 41 I have always lived with Asperger's Syndrome and a diagnosed learning problem. Having heard the r-word a great deal growing up this website inspired me to make a Youtube video about it. I recently went to a Special Olympics event and bought a cool looking pin- an R with a line through it. I read about it and decided to visit this website. I'm glad to see that some people really take this seriously!

About Nathan Beach:I'm 41 now and have diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome and a learning problem. Joined the Special Olympics as a volunteer in 2007 and an athlete in 2008. I live in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
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August 31, 2015 | North America: Texas

can't stand the r word

By sophie bonham

i hate the r word. i always have. I'm 15 and when i hear say things like "aw i don't want to ride the retard bus." or "thats the retarded class room."View Story ▼i hate the r word. i always have. I'm 15 and when i hear say things like "aw i don't want to ride the retard bus." or "thats the retarded class room." i almost want to hit whoever said it. i love kids with special needs and i want to be a special ed teacher. i have dyslexia disgrapha, a learning disability, a sensory disorder and ADD. so of course i want to stand up for my fellow special-ed family and stop the hate!

About sophie bonham:i am 15. i was born almost blind. by the time i was 3 i could see but i was 3 years behind a "normal kid". i have dyslexia disgrapha a learning disability a sensory disorder and ADD.
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August 31, 2015 | North America: Indiana

My best friends in a wheelchair, I'm not

By Tosha Rowe

My best friend is in a wheelchair and has many difficulties in life. I have watched her struggle and see what the bullying of any disabled person can do to their psychological state.View Story ▼My best friend is in a wheelchair and has many difficulties in life. I have watched her struggle and see what the bullying of any disabled person can do to their psychological state. I would never put another person through the pain of being called the r word because i've seen its effects. My bestie is awesome in every way and calling her that makes her seem like less of a person, and SHE'S NOT. No one is. Everybody deserves equal respect.

About Tosha Rowe:I am a junior in high school. I work with people with special needs in a elective class called Peer Tutoring. I also work with a special needs cheerleading team "The Dazzlers". I love it!
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August 31, 2015 | North America: Pennsylvania

Wanted to share the video we made

By The S2L group

Hello. We are a group of young adults with disabilities from Allentown Pennsylvania. Our group is the S2L group. We are associated with the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living.View Story ▼Hello. We are a group of young adults with disabilities from Allentown Pennsylvania. Our group is the S2L group. We are associated with the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living. We get together a few times a month to work on independent living, social, employment and advocacy goals. We have done numerous videos but one of the videos that we have done was a PSA about banning the R wrd. We wanted to share it with you.

About The S2L group:Our group has worked on a video to ban the R word as a form of advocacy. Our group is working on other ways to be involved in our community and finding ways to reduce stigma for PWD's.
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    Chicago, Illinois
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    Levittown, New York
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    Arlington, Texas
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    Township of Washington, New Jersey
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    Crystal Lake, Illinois
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