You've Pledged: Now What?

Congratulations on taking the R-word pledge! Now it's time to turn your commitment into action.


First: Tweet About it

You can use this text: "I pledge #Respect thru my words & actions. Will you? Pledge now to create communities of inclusion for people with ID http://r-word.org" Letting others know you pledged and...Open You can use this text: "I pledge #Respect thru my words & actions. Will you? Pledge now to create communities of inclusion for people with ID http://r-word.org" Letting others know you pledged and that you are proud to support Spread The Word to End the Word Day is the most powerful message you can send.

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Carry The Torch

Now that you have taken the pledge for respect, carry the torch for respect in our first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America kicking off on May 26th. Over the course of 46 days, in a h...Open Now that you have taken the pledge for respect, carry the torch for respect in our first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America kicking off on May 26th. Over the course of 46 days, in a hand-to-hand exchange, torchbearers will run, walk and bike a segment of the relay in a team and individual fundraising event. The Unified Relay will have 3 simultaneous routes, Northern, Central and Southern, and will pass through all 50 states. To learn more on how you can sign up today, please visit the Unified Relay website. 

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Share Your Story

Is there someone who inspired you to take the R-word pledge? Was there a moment that showed you how wrong that word is? What makes you feel strongly about changing the way people refer to people with ...Open Is there someone who inspired you to take the R-word pledge? Was there a moment that showed you how wrong that word is? What makes you feel strongly about changing the way people refer to people with intellectual disabilities? Tell us your story. You're limited to 1,000 characters, which is about 300 words, so make it personal, powerful and short!

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Approaching others who use the R-word

Having a conversation about the R-word can be difficult and often uncomfortable. Use the dialogue scenarios and tips below to help you successfully articulate why the R-word is hurtful in everyday spe...Open Having a conversation about the R-word can be difficult and often uncomfortable. Use the dialogue scenarios and tips below to help you successfully articulate why the R-word is hurtful in everyday speech.

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Question: What is Spread the Word to End the Word?

Answer: Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and encourage people to pledge t...Open Answer: Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to get schools, communities and organizations to rally and pledge their support to help create communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.

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What Should I Do When I Hear the R-word?

There are times, situations and personalities sometimes involved that may not be best suited for an immediate intervention when you hear someone use the R-word. It simply may be best at times to walk...Open There are times, situations and personalities sometimes involved that may not be best suited for an immediate intervention when you hear someone use the R-word. It simply may be best at times to walk away from a situation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do good after walking away.

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Steps You Can Take

There are many ways for you to get involved and help Spread the Word to End the Word in your school, community, workplace or social network. One of the best, easiest things to do is follow us on Faceb...Open There are many ways for you to get involved and help Spread the Word to End the Word in your school, community, workplace or social network. 

One of the best, easiest things to do is follow us on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. Links are at right. We have a newsletter, too, and you can sign up for that at right, as well.

See more actions below.

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Be a leader and share your success

Spread the Word to End the Word is a youth driven campaign.  Every day there are young people, as well as family members and advocates, who are creating change in schools and communities. We need to ...Open Spread the Word to End the Word is a youth driven campaign.  Every day there are young people, as well as family members and advocates, who are creating change in schools and communities. We need to hear those stories. For every one young person finding success in bringing about change, there are another 100 people trying to figure out how to do it themselves. Help us provide these resources for the community at-large by sharing your success stories so we can highlight them on our website and help everyone learn how they can be agents of change and create communities of inclusion and respect for all people.

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Pledge your support to eliminate the demeaning use of the r-word.

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We've Pledged!

  • As a Mother of a child with intellectual disabilities, I know how hurtful it is to hear adults use the "R" word. I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory ...

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    Theresa

    Olmsted Falls, Ohio
    3 hours ago

  • Since when do people think there is any kind of "normal" in this world? Nothing and no one is "normal" because our entire planet is extraordinary. This word ends here.

    Taylor

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    96 hours ago

  • I pledge to support RESPECT by pledging to be a friend and an advocate to individuals with IDD. I will not use the derogatory r-word and support including all individ...

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    Maria Garcia

    Amarillo, TX , Texas
    97 hours ago

  • Today in a meeting I used the word, without a thought in the world, and wound up offending and upsetting someone who I deeply respect. My consciousness is raised. I a...

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    Michelle Goldstein-Roman

    Scarsdale, New York
    113 hours ago

  • I have been so blessed with incredible friends who happen to have mental handicaps. They have showed me how to truly love one another, and their disabilities should never...

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    Kaitlyn

    Grayslake, Illinois
    542 hours ago

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