February 27, 2017 | North America: Michigan

Stop the TARD

By Kathi

I have been adamant in trying to get FB posters with differing political views to stop using the word.View Story I have been adamant in trying to get FB posters with differing political views to stop using the word. This has been the first New Years resolution I have kept. This is my post. Please stop the use of "TARD" in any form. TARD... as in libtard or any other reference is a thinly veiled slang reference to retard(ed)...an UNACCEPTABLE term for persons with differing cognitive abilities... As an adult, as an educator, as a human being... It should not be an acceptable term no matter your political view... And therefore should not be condoned by sharing, liking, or re tweeting the term Have your opinions as you will but don't bring others down to that level! Words are chosen. Persons with disabilities do not choose the challenges placed in front of them. We do not have to add to them. I have had positive responses and some responses make me sad for humankind.

About Kathi : I am a Speech Language Pathologist with over 30 years experience in the public schools. I have worked primarily with students with special needs and in early intervention.
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February 10, 2017 | North America: Michigan

Jonah Bylsma Honored by Special Olympics Michigan

By Angela Martin

Jonah Bylsma accepts the 2017 Timothy Krause Bunbury Award at the State Winter Games.

Special Olympics Michigan athlete Jonah Bylsma was awarded the Timothy Krause Bunbury Award at the 2017 State Winter Games.View Story Special Olympics Michigan athlete Jonah Bylsma, 22, from Hudsonville, Michigan was awarded the Timothy Krause Bunbury Award at the 2017 State Winter Games on Wednesday, February 1. "It feels phenomenal," said Jonah, "after all these years partaking in Special Olympics, it just feels wonderful." This award is given annually to an alpine skiing during the State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors in memory of Special Olympics Athlete Timothy Krause Bunbury. Jonah has been involved with SOMI for over a decade. Whether he is competing in sports or singing in choir Jonah is recognized among fellow athletes for his infectious smile and positive attitude. Those around him say he is the "ultimate smile machine". "If you look up 'sportsmanship' in the dictionary, you would probably find Jonah's picture there," said Mark Dalman, Area 12 Area Director.

About Angela Martin: Angela Martin is a Marketing & Communications intern with Special Olympics Michigan.
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February 10, 2017 | North America: Michigan

Elizabeth Hall Honored with 2017's Prestigious Rick VanderSloot Winter Sports Award

By Symantha Misale

Elizabeth Hall accepts the 2017 Rick VanderSloot Winter Sports Award at the State Winter Games.

After 15 years of competing and participating in various Special Olympics Michigan events, Oakland County athlete Elizabeth Hall was awarded the 2017 Rick VanderSloot Winter Sports Award.View Story After 15 years of competing and participating in various Special Olympics Michigan events, Oakland County athlete Elizabeth Hall was awarded the 2017 Rick VanderSloot Winter Sports Award during the Special Olympics Winter Games Opening Ceremonies at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme on Wednesday, February 1. Elizabeth is currently the Oakland County Athlete Representative as well as holding other various positions, which include the collection and distribution of athletic uniforms for the many sports of the Huron Valley area. Her coaches describe her as an inspiration to all, with a positive attitude and a willingness to help others improve their skills and build confidence in themselves. "Elizabeth is a wonderful young woman who has always been a delight to coach," said Darlene Rutkowski, Area 15 Assistant Area Director, "She is enthusiastic about our Special Olympics programs." "I feel very blessed," said Elizabeth about the award, "being here, it's made me work hard."

About Symantha Misale: Symantha Misale is a Marketing & Communications intern with Special Olympics Michigan.
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