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August 24, 2015 | North America: Maine

Speaking Up for Us

By Jon McGovern

we talk about the r-word everyday in the State of Maine. When people hear about the r-word they R excited everyday it wakes them up. They scream and yell and please let other people know what the r-word is.View Story ▼We talk about the r-word every day in the State of Maine. When people hear about the r-word they R excited everyday it wakes them up. They scream and yell and please let other people know what the r-word is.

About Jon McGovern:I work for Speaking Up for Us & have a blast doing it everyday and help out the State of Maine everyday & that's my life, it's strange for me.
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August 17, 2015 | North America: Texas

What's wrong with people these days

By Hannah Reyes

My brother, who has autism and is high functioning, is very important to me and my family. As a 14-year-old, I know a lot of kids my age misuse the r-word and with that comes different scenarios.View Story ▼My brother, who has autism and is high functioning, is very important to me and my family. As a 14-year-old, I know a lot of kids my age misuse the r-word and with that comes different scenarios. When a friend or family friend misuses this word, I politely correct them, however there are horrible people in this world, however I won't let it affect me, but I won't walk away. Just because some people have special needs doesn't mean they don't have feelings, okay? Stand up for them!!

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August 14, 2015 | North America: Ohio

Sweet Sherry

By Sharon Johnson

our Sweet Sherry

My niece is 45 years old and has downs syndrome. My sister has taken wonderful care of her over the years and we all love her dearly. I have teen and adult family members who in casual conversation might say "oh that's so retarded" when talking about a situation or someone they don't particularly liView Story ▼My niece is 45 years old and has downs syndrome. My sister has taken wonderful care of her over the years and we all love her dearly. I have teen and adult family members who in casual conversation might say "oh that's so retarded" when talking about a situation or someone they don't particularly like as a "retard". My sister has been present and I have watched her cringe but her or myself have not said anything and chalked it up to ignorance. I will no longer be silent and I encourage my sister to speak out also. People need to realize the hurt this often misused word causes. I have taken the pledge to stand up for the rights of disabled individuals and their families to spread the word that the R-word should be Respect in place of the other R-word.

About Sharon Johnson:I have one daughter and am a retired grandma to 4 healthy boys and enjoy lots of activities with them.They have grown up with Sherry & totally understand & accept her differences & love her.
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August 14, 2015 | North America: Texas

"Special" Really Means SPECIAL.

By Bill Beard

I grew up with fraternal twins, one "normal" and one with Down's Syndrome. He protected us from the bullies with his strength and we protected him from the teasers with our double team.View Story ▼I grew up with fraternal twins, one "normal" and one with Down's Syndrome. He protected us from the bullies with his strength and we protected him from the teasers with our double team. There was no greater love I have felt in this life than from Paul, may he rest in peace after his death at 28. What a SPECIAL Person!

About Bill Beard:Retired social worker who felt Paul was a part of my childhood family that eventually led to my lifelong work as a counselor of others less fortunate.
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August 14, 2015 | North America: Kansas

I'm an autistic teen

By Cat V.

I am 17 and I am autistic. I stim a lot (which means I flap my hands and yell and jump up and down) because I get very excited and happy sometimes. I am not intellectually disabled- Yet I have been called "retard" so many times from complete strangers.View Story ▼I am 17 and I am autistic. I stim a lot (which means I flap my hands and yell and jump up and down) because I get very excited and happy sometimes. I am not intellectually disabled- Yet I have been called "retard" so many times from complete strangers. This makes me sad, because this word just adds to the stigma of neurological disorders. When I was young, I was always told never to judge a person , but to get to know them first. They have seemed to have forgotten this. Intellectually disabled people are treated as less, and this word is used as an insult, or as a judgement. We are different, not less. Fun fact: For all of those people who judge me before they get to know me, I have straight A's , love to draw and laugh, and have written books. I may never be able to drive, talk fluently, or live fully on my own, but I am still a person, and words can hurt really bad.

About Cat V.:I believe people need to be more educated about neurological disorders and intellectual disability. WE are not mistakes- ignorance is the mistake.
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