Saturday, January 16, 2010

Spread the Word to End the Word™ 3.3.10

It is time we Spread the Word to End the Word™ and build awareness for society to stop and think about its’ use of the R-word. That R-word is something hurtful and painful – “retard” or “retarded.” Most people don’t think of this word as hate speech, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends. This word is just as cruel and offensive as any other slur.

Did you know that by casually using the word “retard(ed)” to refer to an action as less than ideal you are making someone with an intellectual disability feel less than human - whether you mean to or not? Demeaning any of our fellow human beings by using inappropriate words toward any population negatively impacts all of us.

The date for the 2nd Spread the Word day has been set for 3.3.10. Please visit the Special Olympics site HERE for all the resources you'll need to join this campaign. If you have questions, please email or call 1-800-700-8585.

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