Click the above picture of Soeren Palumbo to read about the first Global Ban the "R" Word Day which was announced at the Global Youth Rally, one of the non-competition highlights of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Mark your calendars, 31 March 2009 is tagged as the first “Global Day to Eradicate the R-word.” “It’s time to spread the word to end the word,” stated Tim Shriver, son of Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver. I missed celebrity spokesman, John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox from Scrubs) who was slated to talk about 3.31.09 on the TV Guide Network on February 16th. (darn) As I get more details, I'll pass them along. In the meantime, check out Team Larkin or Cathy's page to learn more about the Polar Bear Plunge on March 7th, a fundraiser for Special Olympics.
Also mark your calendars for World Down syndrome Day on March 21, 2009.
Even if you've seen it before, its worth reposting the video of Soeren Palumbo delivering his essay to classmates honoring Olivia, his younger sister with an intellectual disability.
Now go and spread the word!