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March 06, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Intellectually impaired

By Uma Ramakrishnan

When you go to a restaurant you order something special. Its because you are bored to eat the same thing that you eat in your house. The only thing in life you don't want is a special need.View Story ▼When you go to a restaurant you order something special. Its because you are bored to eat the same thing that you eat in your house. The only thing in life you don't want is a special need. Without ordering you are assigned by the omnipotent a special job to take care of the kids with special needs. My daughter Nanditha is a special needs child. But I have learned a lot from her. How to make others happy? The moment she sees some body sad she goes and pats on their shoulders and says don't worry I'm there for you. She always smiles and never frowns for anything.

About Uma Ramakrishnan:I'm the one destined by God to take care of my lovely kid Nanditha. Presently volunteering at Spastics Society of TamilNadu, India
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March 06, 2015 | North America: Virginia

My daughter, my hero

By Marjorie Sitter

My daughter Cassandra, what can I say except that she is my saving grace. Cassie as we call her is intellectually impaired but, you'd never know it. She is the most caring, loving and beautiful person you will ever met.View Story ▼My daughter Cassandra, what can I say except that she is my saving grace. Cassie as we call her is intellectually impaired but, you'd never know it. She is the most caring, loving and beautiful person you will ever met. Cassie is 21, she graduated from high school in 2013 but, has not gone to college yet. The reason she's still home is because she takes care of me. I am disabled. I have a connective tissue disorder that is called marfans syndrome. It is very debilitating. Cassie, cleans, cooks, does laundry and most days is my nurse. I have thought many days of ending my life but, then I look at her beautiful smile and remember why I am here. I'm here so that she can shine her warm beautiful love on me. She is my daughter, my hero and my best friend.

About Marjorie Sitter:I am the mother of a beautiful, very special 21 year old with intellectual disability. I have a connective tissue disease called marfans syndrome. It causes aneurysms, heart problems, spina bifida.
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March 06, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Kuwait

End the WORD

By Manal

I have an amazing cousin living in Kuwait and who has Down syndrome, and he is the absolute ideal child. He's never learned to articulate actual words but man is that boy smart!View Story ▼I have an amazing cousin living in Kuwait and who has Down syndrome, and he is the absolute ideal child. He's never learned to articulate actual words but man is that boy smart! People underestimate him all the time, because of his amazingness. I think that it is not him that deserves the word...rather those who just don't want to see differently

About Manal:I am a college student living abroad at the moment in the USA, studying Psychology, I am also a member of the Active Minds Chapter at my school and I would love to be involved in Special Olympics!
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March 06, 2015 | North America: Massachusetts

In my own words how the r word makes me feel

By Emily Webster

My name is Emily Webster, and I do bowling for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and the one word I can't stand more than anything else is the r word.View Story ▼My name is Emily Webster, and I do bowling for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and the one word I can't stand more than anything else is the r word. When I hear people use it I get angry enough to want to go up to them and tell them it is not ok to use that word, and when I do that I feel empowered and it is a very freeing feeling. Do not be afraid to speak up for yourself!

About Emily Webster:My name is Emily Webster, and I am proud to be a Special Olympics Bowling Athlete, and I am 28 years old.
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March 06, 2015 | North America: Tennessee

Life and Fate

By Samuel Piazza

My life live by fate it has been 9 years in best buddies and it had changed my life it is about ability what's our talants are what we can do with our live's to have jobsView Story ▼My life live by fate it has been 9 years in best buddies and it had changed my life it is about ability what's our talants are what we can do with our live's to have jobs

About Samuel Piazza:My name is Sam I am 25 years old and yes I am born with Down syndrome, I have a job at PDQ in Carrollwood.
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Mar 6, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

#ONEMOREGOV Spread The Word to End The R-Word Campaign

At Farrington High School we will pledge to end the R-Word on March 6th!
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Evelyn Utai
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Phone :808-321-2406
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Farrington High School
1564 N. School St.

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Mar 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The New 'R" Word is RESPECT!

Take the Pledge! Create posters for your schools, churches, or office. Tell your own stories for YouTube, videographers from Cornell Best Buddies. Skit by WeACT members, Unity House self-advocacy group. Make your own t-shirt. Information about services for developmentally disabled children, youth and adults. Films from Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, FUN!
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Patricia Gooding
Email :levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone :607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
171 East State Street

Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

Mar 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fifth Annual "End the R-Word" Celebration

Join us on March 7th at Westmoreland Mall (Center Court) in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where will be hosting an event to spread the word to the end the r-word. The event is free to the public and there will be a banner to sign the pledge, activity tables, an interactive DJ, live performances, local mascots, t-shirt giveaways and Glitter Dot the Clown who will be making balloon creations for those who attend.
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Jared Roser
Email :roserj@westmoreland.swsix.com
Phone :724-830-3617
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Westmoreland Mall (Center Court)
5256 Route 30

Greensburg, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

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  • My brother has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome which makes it so he can't walk or talk. I have always hated the R-word. It is disrespectful and in no way a cool word to say. I ...

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    American Fork, Utah
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    United States
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    Wilmette, Illinois
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