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February 13, 2016 | North America: Utah

not it

By kira

I am not disabled unless add or depression counts but when I heard about this website I had to look, and it really touched me, so I am spreading the word to end the word.View Story ▼I am not disabled unless add or depression counts but when I heard about this website I had to look, and it really touched me, so I am spreading the word to end the word.

About kira:I am 11 years old and I am a Mormon
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February 13, 2016 | North America: Kansas

Arrowhead Middle School Students 'Spread the Word'

By Emile' Ottesen

A group of students from Kansas City, Kansas have joined the campaign, and began spreading the message at a school-wide pep rally earlier this week.View Story ▼A group of students from Kansas City, Kansas have joined the campaign, and began spreading the message at a school-wide pep rally earlier this week. People often wonder (out-loud...to my face) how I "deal" with middle school students "like all day" - and then seem doubly shocked that I wouldn't choose any other way... I could not be more proud of the students at Arrowhead Middle School for their kindness, compassion, empathy, and commitment toward creating a more accepting and inclusive community. Friendship Group has joined the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign, so please watch the video to see one way they're raising awareness and pledging #respect

About Emile' Ottesen:I'm a special education teacher at a middle school in the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District. I have coached Unified Basketball the last 2 years, and plan to coach Unified Soccer this spring.
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February 13, 2016 | North America: Mississippi

My Role-Model

By Brooke Ingram

My sister was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or have correct speech. She is one of the best people I know.View Story ▼My sister was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or have correct speech. She is one of the best people I know. She lives in a place where they take care of others with disabilities. Over the years, I've come to realize how lightly others take the r-word. It is probably, by far, my number one pet peeve to hear people say it so casually and without any thought. Through my sister, I have met others with disabilities and have realized how amazing these people are. A lot of people look at those with disabilities as incapable of understanding things. I have always had a special place in my heart for the disabled, and I think that making this pledge will prove my affection for them. If you are reading this, just know that they re humans too. They deserve our respect in this matter. Let's put an end to the r-word.

About Brooke Ingram :I honestly didn't know that there was even a pledge to end the r-word; but, now that I do know, I will keep spreading the word. I am still only a teenager, but I know the importance of this matter.
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February 03, 2016 | North America: South Carolina

I love my brother

By Katherine Brophy

My brother and I at my high school graduation in 2013

During our game, my brother got pushed down hard a lot and got made fun of. He ran home crying.View Story ▼My brother is 18 years old and a senior in high school. But when we were younger and first moved to South Carolina, me and him we're invited to play football with some of the neighborhood kids. During our game, my brother got pushed down hard a lot and got made fun of. He ran home crying. I yelled at the kids and ran after him. After that, I've always watched what I've said and have told people to not say the R-word. My brother has made me realize what words actually mean to people and the R-word is the worst one of them all.

About Katherine Brophy:I am a Junior at University of South Carolina Beaufort. I work at Early Autism Project, Inc. as a Line Therapist and Register Behavior Technician.
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February 03, 2016 | North America: Utah

Just Another Girl

By Taryn Taylor

The R-Word is an extremely derogatory and demeaning word. I fight as much as I can to keep it out of the halls at my school.View Story ▼I have a friend named Elsie. She loves to dance and play games. She loves to do her hair and paint her nails. She likes to quote Disney movies and sing in the car. She has lots of friends and loves to invite them over. Elsie's favorite food is Chinese and she loves to stay at hotels. She has just turned 15 and I helped to plan a great big party for her and all of her friends to enjoy. But Elsie is special and has been asked to deal with Down syndrome AND autism in her life. This doesn't mean she is lesser than you or I, she was just given different challenges in this life. The R-Word is an extremely derogatory and demeaning word. I fight as much as I can to keep it out of the halls at my school to save my friend from any sort of prejudice against her. In the end, she's more of an angel than any of us could ever be.

About Taryn Taylor:My name is Taryn and I am 16 years old. Elsie's parents were given a grant by the state to employ one caretaker to help with their Down Syndrome and Autistic daughter. I couldn't think of a better job in the entire world. I love her as my sister and wish to protect her from any reckless verbal abuse that I can.
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