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October 13, 2017 | North America: Pennsylvania

Pledge to Stop the R-word

By MaRinda

I dislike the R-word very much. I know people that have used it as an insult, but also as a way to make fun of someone that has an intellectual disability. My cousin is physically AND intellectually disabled and has been called the R-word as a way to make fun of him, which makes me dislike this wordView Story ▼I dislike the R-word very much. I know people that have used it as an insult, but also as a way to make fun of someone that has an intellectual disability. My cousin is physically AND intellectually disabled and has been called the R-word as a way to make fun of him, which makes me dislike this word even more. I pledge to do my hardest and everything I can to stop the use of R-word.

About MaRinda:I am currently a sophomore in college. My major is early childhood education prek-4 and I want to stop the use of the R-word.
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October 11, 2017 | North America: New York

Alpha Sigma Alphas of Stony Brook University "Disable the Label"

By Riley Lestingi

Members of the Zeta Iota Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha pose together at a "Spread the Word to End the Word" pledge drive during a D.O.T. Days event. Pictured (L/R): Lauren Keen, Jackie Stapelkamp, Sarah Afzali, Zaynab Ubaid.

On October 3rd, 2017, sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha's Zeta Iota chapter organized an event to raise awareness about the hurtful use of the "r-word". This campaign allowed for 63 individuals to pledge to use respectful, people-first language.View Story ▼On October 3rd, 2017, sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha's Zeta Iota chapter organized an event to raise awareness about the hurtful use of the "r-word". This campaign allowed for 63 individuals to pledge to use respectful, people-first language.

About Riley Lestingi:Riley Lestingi is a senior undergraduate student at Stony Brook University.
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October 11, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

My young brother

By Brandt Palmatier

My brother has autism. I used to hear kids at school say the r-word and I didn't think much of it. That is the type of society we live in. But ever since he was born I have gotten mad at other kids using words like that. I love my brother and I hope that people stop using the r-word.View Story ▼My brother has autism. I used to hear kids at school say the r-word and I didn't think much of it. That is the type of society we live in. But ever since he was born I have gotten mad at other kids using words like that. I love my brother and I hope that people stop using the r-word.

About Brandt Palmatier:I am 12 years old with 4 siblings.
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September 20, 2017 | North America: Oklahoma

My Pledge for Zach

By Susannah Scott

My son Zach is four years old, and one of only 10 children in the world currently diagnosed with his genetic disorder. He is non verbal, and faces a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities. I refuse to stand by and let anyone reduce his identity by describing him, or anyone like him with tView Story ▼My son Zach is four years old, and one of only 10 children in the world currently diagnosed with his genetic disorder. He is non verbal, and faces a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities. I refuse to stand by and let anyone reduce his identity by describing him, or anyone like him with the r-word. Zach is capable of laughing, playing, loving, and learning. His smile lights up any room, and he deserves to live in a world that accepts him, and the abilities he has. I am committed to defending children and adults with intellectual disabilities from being described with a word that does nothing to describe the abilities, characteristics, and capabilities of these individuals. I am so glad to have a resource to share my passion in ending the r-word, and will do everything I can from Tahlequah, Oklahoma to end the use of the r-word!

About Susannah Scott:Special needs mother, of Zach! He is one of ten children in the world diagnosed with his specific genetic disorder.
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September 15, 2017 | Latin America: Guatemala

More than 200 Guatemalans said, "Enough! No more bullying "

By Leilani Gonzalez

Group of students show they will stand up to bullying.

In August, more than 200 attendees gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Guatemala to participate in the "Basta Ya! No More Bullying ". Dr. Marisa Azaret stressed that it is very important to explain the consequences of bullying, both at home and in schools. The fight to eliminateView Story ▼In August, more than 200 attendees gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Guatemala to participate in the "Basta Ya! No More Bullying ". Dr. Marisa Azaret stressed that it is very important to explain the consequences of bullying, both at home and in schools. The struggle to eliminate this social evil belongs to everyone! Presenter Tuti Furlán Ambassador of Special Olympics Guatemala addressed the theme "The Power of Living Colors" and said she was very proud to be part of our inclusion movement. On behalf of the Ministry of Education of Guatemala, Dr. Oscar Hugo López congratulated the movement for the initiative to address this important issue for society.

About Leilani Gonzalez:Coordinator of Marketing and Development, Special Olympics Latin America
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