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The R-Word has affected many people in this world and my school has taken action on it.
I get picked at by people who use the r word because I have austim and don't like to be touched and I get so they call me the r word
Here is my story. Positive upbeat children. So amazing but hearing the r word is not okay.
After a long time hearing the word I had been just nicely asking to stop. Than my gym teacher used the word to make fun of me.
My daughter's 4th grade teacher used the r-word frequently in class. She even used it during Open House in front of a classroom full of parents.
My son is mentally handicapped. The r word is not used in our house! Love everyone with special needs. They have the biggest hearts and want nothing but to feel normal.
I'm dyslexic. Growing up, my dad used that word whenever I misspelled a word, reversed numbers, made any kind of mistake. He used it as a weapon, to make me think I'm worthless. I still kind of believe it.
When I was growing up almost every school grade I was in I was called the R word. It hurt my feelings a lot.
Open Arms Care
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
On December 2nd of 1992, my dear mother gave birth to a miracle. On that day I was born, 2 pounds 4 ounces. Doctors said I wouldn't make it.
On August 13, my sister in law blessed us with a new beautiful baby girl to add to our family. Moments later we found out she had Down syndrome- I couldn't imagine Harlow any other way.
My family hates this word. They are not the r word. Just different, we all are. We can't help the way we are born we are all special and smart in our own way.
These kids/adults are so eager to learn. I works with 3 yr olds to 22 year old. When they learn to do something they are so proud of themselves.
Spread The Word To End The Word is important to me because I have a disability and I have friends with disabilities.
At my school we had an assembly and it was about the r word. I thought this was going to be dumb. But when I found out all about the word and what it meant and how it affected people, it made me open my eyes.
I have two grandsons who have had some developmental problems since they were very young. There were many children that called them the old "R" word.
On September 2, 2013 I gave birth to the most handsome devil you have ever seen at just 28 weeks. Wesley "Knox" Morris weighed in at a whopping 2lbs 1oz.
I work for Best Buddies at my school. My buddy is amazing and is a true blessing from God. She has taught be so much.
I think what made me do this pledge is me knowing that I could have been born that way, I wouldn't want to be called that. It's hurtful. I think what people need to realize is treat others the way you would want to be treated.
I have a son with Aspergers and he says he's been called the rword lots but he doesn't let it bother him. "They're just jealous mom cause we are special and they're not." Which is sweet but not the point.
My father, a very able bodied man, always did things for himself!! A naval officer, a college graduate, an artist and a retired lawyer, he now has to have his bodily functions removed many times a day by caregivers.
My freshman year of high school I was part of a program called Best Buddies. My first year I was a member who went to each event and did what ever I could to help.
I used to be very selfish and all I really cared about was myself. As I entered my senior year of high school I realized I didn't want to be someone like that.
Netta Dean (Melissa Irwin is blog author)
My friend wrote this blog and addresses the "r" word so very well
When I was younger my sisters and I used to throw the R-word around in bitter fights and mean jests with each other. I had never thought that this speech pattern would really hurt someone.
The father of my son called me in a complete tear, ranting about something that had happened at work. A co-worker he had known for years told him a joke and he was ready to murder him over it.
I hate to admit that I once used this word almost daily. It was not until I was introduced to the world of special education/Special Olympics that i realized the impact this word has.
As a middle school art teacher I hear that word much more than I care to mention. I tangled all semester with this 7th grader who used the word constantly.
A fan of Belen Mozo and Supporter for Alex Notte
Hearing people try to insult other people with the "r-word" really hurts me because my sister did NOT ask to be born that way but yet she is still thankful for everything she has in her life.
At Smith County High School, our students have a history of inclusion. They have always, in any way they could, included our special needs students in the activities of the school.