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When my children were small, we had a neighbor who had, among other things, autism. Our kids grew up with him and just knew him as John.
I was inspired to take this pledge after finding out that my little cousin has autism. He is such a sweet little boy.
My sister is intellectually disabled. She struggles in school. I never understood what was really wrong with her. Now I know more.
this word has made me feel small and insignificant throughout our lives. For instance, here are some things that have happened to me.
I have been called the "R" word from classmates and other people. I did not like it cause it hurt my feelings. I was sad for awhile. I felt like not going anywhere. And people need to Respect others.
I would stand up for my friends who were called the r-word by a person and i would tell the person to quit doing it for good and i want to get rid of the r-word for good and forever
I was at the zoo with a group of my closest friends (that happen to have disabilities) while hanging out a lady approached us she walked over to me and said what is their diagnosis.
Brian Bates of Iowa is not only a dedicated athlete, but also a volunteer when he is not competing.
Please take my "Open Letter" into consideration that I submitted into the weblink. I posted it on social media for an english class and it also got published in my hometown's paper.
Amie Dugan, Shelby Howard
I began working with individuals with intellectual disabilities when I was 16. I honestly thought I made up the term "r-word"! Shortly after I took that job, I noticed how frequently the R-word was used in general conversations.
My oldest son is special. He does not have Down syndrome but he has trisomy 8. He is the most loving and sweet man I have ever known!
My name is Amanda I have 4 kids one is grown up but the other 3 are 16, 13, 11. My oldest daughter the 16 year old gets bullied at school really bad for having ADHD. She is soft hearted and words almost kill her.
I pledged because I realize the stereotype. People don't realize what they're saying. They are offending those around them.
I got involved with Special Olympics through Prairie Schools. I love it and it is a fun way to meet new people and a good way to also be able to enjoy what you like to do best.
I was hurt a lot when I was in school by teachers and students, some even called me the r word so it made me hide from people, and never do anything.
I was born with an intellectual and developmental disability. Because of this , I do everything at a somewhat slower pace than others. I have achieved a lot more than what I was expected to. I have a high school diploma, Hold 2 jobs through my facility, and also live an apartment with limited superv
I am taking the pledge for my daughter Annabelle she has ID and ASD. She is beautiful, smart, kind, loving, and such an amazing little girl. The r word is hateful, together we can end the R-Word!
I am taking the pledge for my daughter Annabelle she has ID and ASD. She is beautiful, smart, kind, loving, and such an amazing little girl. Throw word is hateful, together we can end the R-Word!
I went inside the house, upset. I asked my mom what it meant and I could tell it was a sensitive topic. I always knew my brother was different, but I didn't realize how others saw him until that day.
Every time I hear the r-word around school it hurts because if Joe would have lived he would have been called that. I have ADHD and sometimes I get called the r-word and I can't even accurately put into words how much it hurts.
I wrote to Dr Phil about the r-word. It was a letter. One day I decided to write a letter about the r-word on my computer. I copied from the book my mom helped me with. It makes me mad when other people use that word on TV.
My little sister has feelings just like everyone else and I just don't understand why anyone would ever want to take away her beautiful smile. That's what people do when they the 'R' word.
I've worked in the human services field, for residential service providers for about 23 years now. The first thing I remember that deals with the "R" word.
Living in this time is hard when you're a 13 year old who doesn't agree with most of the things kids my age say. Lots of kids are arrogant with the use of their vocabulary.