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I have always used the r-word. I try not to but I do. I am going to stop because I have a little sister who has autism.
My brother is challenged, and I hate when people use the r-word. It makes me feel bad because he can't say what he feels.
Kenneth.Giles By Kenneth Giles
My neighbor, her name is Madison. She is 13 and she has cerebral palsy from the neck down, so she cannot walk or stand up. Even though she can't walk, she's so much fun to hang out with. She can talk and laugh and she has a pet gerbil.
When our daughter was born 11 weeks early, we originally thought she was just a preemie. When the amino results came back and we found she was missing part of her 3rd chromosome.
So I used the r-word to display how childish my close friends were acting. A nearby little girl, she was five, stood up and walked over to me, with tears in her eyes she asked me to stop my use of this word, her best friend was handicapped, and also had a mental disability. I cried and told her how sorry I was.
Mary carolyin. Th Henson.
Hi I'm Mary was rased in good oldye? Oklahoma I've swam since was 16/17 My firsts event train was at the downtown y then worked onto the Ione YWCA for several yrs then is on now boards w the Emound Oklahoma stingrays teams speciall olympics. Swimming teams /Speciall olympics has taught me 5 things
Jackson , our 3rd grandson was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth, he is the most beautiful , loving , little guy on this earth. His smile lights up the room and his words, though not many, fill your heart with joy.
As a great grandma of Emersyn Elder. the time spent with her just makes my day with love and happiness
The R-word doesn't describe this guy; amazing does! I could never do enough to repay him for the ways he's bettered me as a person, and it all started with his dad calling out my use of the R-word and making me aware of how hurtful it can be to someone so irreplaceable!
This isn't really my story, but my mom's. She spent her life with a cognitively and developmentally disabled brother who was called names his entire life. She decided it would stop with her and we were never allowed to call anyone the 'r' word when I was a kid.
In October through a partnership between Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) and Special Olympics Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Twisters Shining Starz Cheerleaders were invited to perform at the OSSAA State Cheerleading Championships. The Shining Starz received standing ovations and go
Take a look at a great video of some our athletes with Coach Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma University Sooners. A group of Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes are invited once a year to a Sooners practice.
I just didn't have anyone care about me, but when I get involved in Special Olympics, I made friends there who that didn't care about how I am, or what kind of disability I had. All they cared about was, would I be their friend, no matter what.
Ashley Dawn Smith
Sometimes I wonder why people hurt other people's feelings and stuff.
I have learned to not get "crazy" about it when someone uses that word I just simply ask them to not say it.
I was raised to treat everyone equally and to be open minded and accepting towards others, so I always felt like I was cautious of the words that I used in every day life, especially the R-word.
My 4 y/o son has autism. Before his diagnosis I used the r-word & never thought much about it. I wasn't directing it towards people with actual disabilities, so what was the harm?
I very recently used the "R" word in conversation with my sister-in-law, mother to my special needs nephew. She very nicely, unfortunately in tears, told me how offensive it was to her.
Macey's proud mommy, Meghan
Dave Francis, Committee Member
January 14th, 2012, the Oklahoma Winter Games,basketball. A team with less experienced and shorter athletes was paired against a taller better team from Edmond.