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People use the R-word carelessly or as an insult. Here are stories about ways we've dealt with it. For more information go to www.r-word.org.
I am an eighth grade student and advocate for all people with special needs. This has been my passion since I was five years old, and I believe that everyone deserves acceptance and inclusion. I volunteer as much as I can at a Down syndrome achievement center called GiGi’s Playhouse, was the Preside
No one should have to tell you not to use the R word it is offensive. Please be kind to one and all. Lets turn disabilities in different abilities, because although my grandson is special, he sees joy in everything and gets it from everyone. I am blessed to have him in my life. I want him to train a
Hi my name is Kathleen Moran and I am part of Best Buddies and the current president at my high school in Cheshire Connecticut. I also am the leader of our unified team at CHS and all our athletes are in this video. I wanted to share our clubs video about Inclusion we made this year.
I left work one day to catch the metro bus back to Downtown when there was lady I've seen before at the library at the bus stop. Normally, we don't just outright talk to strangers but she turned to me and started talking.
I am a training officer for the division of developmental disabilities, everyday I have countless opportunities to educate the public about "person first language" It is about respecting an individual for who the are and what they can do . People living with limitations in their abilities Still have
I was born on October 24th 1978. I was in and out of my family’s foster home for 2 years before being adopted by them. My biological mother drank and did drugs from an early age so I was born with FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) and Turners Syndrome. It was later discovered that I was mildly developmen
Hi my name is Paige and I’m a young adult who was born with static encephalopathy when I was born cause the cord was wrapped around my neck at child birth! I have mild brain damage and learning difficulties but, it’s not stopping me from doing what I love and that’s volunteering at zoo with animals
Matthew Brian Fenton
Replace the R word with "Respect" and drop the word "Dis" from Ability. Ability comes first. Be a friend be a proud partner of people with special needs and think about what we can do instead of what we "can't" do. I enjoy Special Olympics and it has changed my life for the better.
I have worked with children with disabilities, and Yes it's hurtful to hear them being called the "R" word. They aren't what people call them, they have feelings just as you and I have.
Hi my name is Jennifer Pitts. I'm a special needs adult. I hate it when someone uses the r word in the wrong way, think before you speak. I have been an athlete for 31 years already.
I’m been a athlete for 30 years I use to hear the r word all the time until I stand up to them and told them that when you guys use that word it’s hurt people with disability and there family too from a athlete and global messenger too we all are family and some way are either
I am a student and my club is trying to end the r-word that people so constantly use in everyday conversations not realizing how hurtful it can be.
I think the use of the r-word is disrespectful and hurtful.
When I first moved to Bountiful, (I grew up in West Valley City, UT) every one was so different. I've never in my life before Bountiful actually had encountered anyone using the R-word.
One day while me and my friends were sitting at lunch we looked up to see the screen up in the lunch room. When all of the kids got their lunch our counselor told us what we would be watching. At first, everyone was talking and was being silly...
As a mother of a son with Down’s, we have faced plenty of discrimination. But he is a joy to all he meets. Saying the r-word shows insensitivity and ignorance. It is hurtful and demeaning.
When I heard these boys talking to my friend who has autism, I got so mad. They were using the r-word in such a mean way. I went over there and explained why that was mean. They apologized and backed off.
My little cousin has autism, and he has his rough times, especially when people don't understand him like me and my family do. When people use that word, it upsets him very much, so we need to spread the word to end it.
When I was in High School, I was different from the other students. Students bullied me and a few of my friends (We have Aspergers.), and I was called the R-word.
I was the weird one at our school for being disabled.
But, I’ve had
While waiting my turn at a local store, 2 cashiers were discussing their jobs, their coworker, and their employer. I had many things on my mind and didn't stop the discussion though I should have. The female cashier said "Walmart will hire just anyone!" The male cashier replied "no, just the r-words" I was stunned into action. I
When I was in school, I was referred to as someone who wasn't smart or capable of understanding things. I've heard the r-word, and it made me feel as though I was stupid and quite small. Not only did I hear it in school but in the general public. As I grew into a mature adult, I realized how simple-mind
My mom’s younger sister was mentally handicapped. It would always bother me when people would use the r-word as a joke or when they would “mimic” people with disabilities. When I was a kid, she was just aunt Rita who made the best fried cheese and bologna sandwiches and pancakes. I knew that she was
I always got made fun of because of my disabilities. People called me the R word and just because I have to be in special ed classes, they would call me stupid. I have epilepsy, and I had people say they wouldn’t want to be around me because they would get seizures too. I used to work, but
My son started having seizures at birth. He also had cognitive delays. His own cousins treated him with disrespect. With those 2 things, he was looked at as a failure. Sometimes the R word would be used. That's like nails on a blackboard. Today, he is a handsome young man with manners and the abil
I'm a mom to a 22 year old beautiful young woman named Amie Jo. She has taught her family what unconditional love really is, and her smile can light up a room. Amie Jo is a true fighter (2 open heart surgeries at age 8 months and 3 years), and she's my hero.
Some people think they can bully people if they want, but they probably don’t think about it breaking their heart. It’s even worse when done to autistic people like me. Bullies don’t think about
how hurtful the r word can be. The r word should never be used by anyone on Earth, even if wh
Many people think it is just a joke and to move on. they don’t realize how harsh the word is compared to other words. They think we won’t take it heavily, but we do. They don’t realize that ONE word is all it takes to break someone’s heart. Don’t be a kid who says the word, be the kid who stands against it.
I Have Heard People Saying The R-Word. It is Wrong & Rude
This comes from personal feelings. I am in special ed. Saying the R word made me feel trapped and made me feel like I was not good enough. Saying it made me feel terrible. I hate thinking about when people called me it. It really hurts, and I am all for this. Everyone is good enough and everyone matters.
I love Special Olympics, and I love hanging with friends. I am 36 years old. I am a special need person, and I can drive and work too. I don't like when people say the r-word to me because they hurt my feelings. They don't know how to respect people, and they need to know how to respect people.
I think that people who use the r-word are wrong for that, and I just want to let those people know we're all people no matter how we dress or what we look like. We're all people.
My father owned schools for mentally handicapped children (that was the only accepted word(s) in my house), so I was taught from a young age how 'ignorant' the use of the R word was. We hosted Special Olympics tryouts at my high school, & it broke my heart to witness how cruel my classmates were. I d
My sister Emily is 19 and has Rett syndrome. My church and her school have been very supportive of her! A few years ago, there was even a fundraiser held in her honor. Unfortunately, not everyone is so supportive - at school I would always share Emily’s accomplishments, and people would
All throughout school, I constantly heard people throwing around the r-word like it was no big deal. However, for me it was. My mind immediately went to my brother when I would hear people use this word in a nasty way. It confused me so much; my brother and all others with disabilities who I have for
Peggy Padilla (mother)
My sweet daughter Dana came into this world sunnyside up and remained a light of sunshine her whole life. She rallied to end this word to people she met along her life journey, and they always became her friends. She has gone now to her heavenly home, but I know she is cheering this movement!
My daughter has Down Syndrome. She is a wonderful, bright, beautiful teenager who should never have to hear someone use language that hurts her feelings or any child with special needs. I pledge to never use that type of language and pledge to teach others to use kind, respectful words that lift oth
My grandson has Down Syndrome, and I never use the R word and am quick to reprimand people who do. My grandson is so smart and offers unconditional love to everyone he meets. The world would be a much kinder place if everyone had Down Syndrome.
I wasn’t aware of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign until the spring of my eighth grade year.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, my French teacher Mademoiselle O’Brien organized a banner for all the students and staff at my middle school to sign during our lunch block. She encouraged us to
I am currently a Unified Partner with Special Olympics at my school. Working with these athletes has inspired me to eliminate the "r-word" from my vocabulary. These guys have more heart than any person I have ever met, and they have shown me that they are simply human. I am choosin
At the local Night to Shine Prom, I was fortunate enough to volunteer to help make the night a success for all in attendance. While dancing with a participant, we both noticed a young woman ask a man to dance who just kept walking past her (maybe he didn’t hear her, didn’t want to dance anymore or just
I was a girl who grew up around the "R" word, and this word has been used against me for many years, even in high school. As a girl who has been exposed and called this hurtful word, instead of choosing to return the hurt, I try to be the stronger person and resist listening to this word, as it is o
When I was in 9th grade I was diagnosed with Aspergers. I was ashamed of it at first having to switch schools in the middle of the year and attending Special Education classes.
I heard the R word directed at me the first time after I left a mainstream class with a teachers aide to take a test f
I opted to stop using the r-word when I became more involved in the special needs community and realized the damage this word causes. I became immersed in the special needs community through a peer mentor program at my high school in Columbus, OH. My school offered an inclusive environment for the s
My personal story is rough, but it hurts more when I am treated differently than others. I had an issue with another student who wrongly called me the R-Word. I did not want to address it at the time.
I want to give people advice about what I have been through, and how to not give up the chance to