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Willis Junior High's Best Buddies Program in Chandler, Arizona has been doing an incredible job with their Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
I haven't faced this dilemma of the R-word being a huge contender to campaign against because in 2017, I expect people to do better and so far, they have.
Heather Kylene Hillebert
I was at the Boys and Girls Club and it was my first day, we were going around to the building and talking to the kids about not using hurtful words like the r-word.
My son was diagnosed with "Mild Mental Retardation" when he was in the second grade back when the school system still used that term. As his mother, I told every single teacher and school official that they were to never tell him that term.
Six years ago the “R” word was part of my vocabulary and I had no problem saying it, in fact I would become upset if anyone tried to correct me.
My daughter has Intellectual Disabilities and it been so hard for her in school, social situations and a lot of day to day situations. It is the worst feeling in the world to know people are going to label her.
I was a volleyball coach for Yuba-Sutter Special Olympics in 1990 before leaving the United States Air Force. I had the pleasure of taking a team down to UCLA.
So one of my friends has a syster eith down syndrom and she is the sweetest little thing. Many kids in my school say the r word. Her sister (my friend) made a campain.She stood infront of the entire fifth grade a spread the word. I am pround to have a friend like that.
I started with Special Olympics in Michigan when I was 19. I competed in state basketball twice, once winning gold, one silver.
By Josh Kaplan
I have a 13-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome and possibly autism. Most people in my life know about my daughter yet they still throw the "R" word around like it is nothing more than a word.
In one of my classes, Peer Tutor, I work with different students with disabilities. All the funny, educational, and exciting moments with them truly melt my heart. I witness their true potential.
I have a son who is bipolar, A.D.H.D., and O.D.D. I can not stand the R word because he has been called that so many times. People and kids do not realize that it hurts their feelings.
My Uncle has Epilepsy and a few other things. It drives me nuts when people use derogatory language about him because they don't know him and he is clearly different than most.
I am former college athlete who got into special education and it changed my life. It made me switch my goals and job path from sports management to special education.
Julie "Juju" Felicetta
Hello my Name is Abby. I'm 21 years old. I live in Gilbert. The most part I love in Special Olympics is to be with Chandler, see all my friends, go Friday night social camp, Carley fashion show with Mesa camp challenge.
I've worked for Special Olympics Arizona for 32 years. I have been participating in Unified Sports since 2007.
Carlee and Caron
Janice Plante, Collin's proud mom
Special Olympics North America
Ryan Lister, written at the age of 12
My brother changed the world perspective that anyone can make a difference. ANYONE AND EVERYONE!!!!! All you have to do is try your best and you can achieve the greatest!!!! Keep going!!!!!
We are at the place where all cultures, traditions, and passions coincide, The Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. As a unified partner witnessing the games is only part of the experience.
Christine Parker Hunt