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I was called the R-word a lot
Listen to my stepson's impassioned plea to the Cody High School student body to eradicate the R word. I'm so proud to have Beau as my stepson!
Three years after snowboarder Denny Wedekind beat him to 1st place by 12 seconds, Henry Meece is focused on getting the gold at the X-Games in Aspen next weekend.
Stephanie L Dougherty
Just like the R word Or N word the word Midget is offensive to Dwarfs or Little People. I try to educate parents through the children. The phrase sticks and stones is now incorrect.
My best friend, Elizabeth had down syndrome she was so very pretty, you would never had guessed she had it. She had told me one day during lunch. She died 2 years later which was february 10 i am now in the 7th grade ill never forget Elizabeth Johansen.
I was born with Down syndrome and I have been in basketball for 10 years and no one said a bad word to me before. I don't like people being mean to me . I don't like that ! 😰
I am in middle school. I had the fortune to be a peer helper and work with the special education kids. They are so sweet and kind and taght me many things. I have my school signed up and in the spring, I will be spreading the word at my middle school.
My mother has worked with adults with mental disabilities for as long as I can remember. My mom taught me about love.
My dad uses this word all the time and it always makes me cry. It makes me feel so useless when he calls me this. I'm so sad inside.
At school a couple years a go there was someone in my brother's class who had Asperger's and my brother called him retarded. No one stood up for him. Later on that year, my brother apologized.
Stop the r-word. A way to start might be to personally remove it from your vocabulary. But don't stop there.
My friend's mom came to my school to talk about the effects of the R-word. Everyone at my school was very inspired and we took this pledge to make the world a better place. I have met man
My friend Xavier's mom came to school the other day and talked to us about how her daughter has down syndrome. That night, I dreamed that I had it.
My name is Xavier and I am 11. The R word affects me because my sister is disabled. But she is learning and I love her because she is my sister no matter what.
At school we had a big disscussion about the R-word. Since then I have realized even more that that word is unacceptable and offensive.
An Inmate in prison told me his story, about how he was shamed as a child by being picked up on a school bus that had the R word written in Big, Black, Bold letters to show who was on the bus.
I started the campaign at my high school in Brighton. I chose to make a difference at my school and for people that I love.
Check out the Texas MHMR. YES they have the R word in their agency name! Said it is too costly to change! Mental health and mental R
When I started with Special Olympics in Colorado I wasn't that fit and sometimes had a hard time moving. After my first state games, I felt that I could do anything.
When I started playing for the Special Olympics I was unsure of where I was. I wasn't very strong and independent like how I am now.
VIVIAN ELAINE VIGIL
July 13, 2013 changed my life. I joined Special Olympics Bowling. That was my first game and it led me onto going every Saturday morning going to different bowling facilities.
A couple years ago I was used the r-word out of context in front of my friend. Today I started a campaign at my school.
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Chris Parker Hunt
Berenice Gonzalez Solis
My little sister has Down Syndrome and ever since she came to my life she has been the best sister ever, she is Loving, Sweet, and Caring. She does everything just like any other kid, she is involved in sports and loves swimming.
I don't think it is nice to say the word retarded because it hurts people when you say it to their face and it just hurts their feelings
My boss used the word "retarded" in a self deprecating manner during a one on one conversation with me. I was stunned. This is an educated, caring, sensitive, brilliant woman; someone I have a great relationship with and respect immensely.
My son who is 17 yrs old created a video of her last year to help spread the word to remove the word and presented it to his high school.
What I noticed is that both teams worked hard.