#1e82a0#8ca532#e67323#8ca532#500000
Spread The WordHelp us raise awareness about the hurtfulness of the R-word by pledging and sharing your stories year round.Pledge Now  
Years of ProgressIn the years since the R-word campaign started, real change has taken place. Read more
"Join Our Quest"Special Olympics Virginia athlete John "Frank" Stephens shares a poem with the Huffington Post.
Read Frank's New Poem
R-word VideosSee the newest R-word videos on YouTube.Check them out
Tweet Your PledgeHere's your tweet-ready text:
I pledge #Respect thru my words & actions. Will you? Pledge now to create communities of inclusion for people with ID http://r-word.org  Here's how  

Your Stories

August 11, 2017 | North America: Canada: British Columbia

Changing Words, Changing Lives

By Ron Armstrong

Really, I credit fully my sister's deep compassion for mentally challenged people that broke me from using the "R" word in my teens.View Story ▼Really, I credit fully my sister's deep compassion for mentally challenged people that broke me from using the "R" word in my teens. She created "Operation Trackshoes", a track meet for people from all over the province to show of their abilities, strengths,joy and fellowship. She started it in 1971 and it has gotten bigger and bigger every June

About Ron Armstrong:I was a full weekend counsellor only once but it left great memories. I hope to retuen next year,
Share
View less ▲
August 07, 2017 | North America: Iowa

Doubly Blessed in Iowa

By Hanna Halverson

Austin & Andy in the state swimming tournament with their gold medals in Ames, Iowa.

Having two older brothers who have autism, makes the use of the r word very cringe-worthy to me.View Story ▼Having two older brothers who have autism, makes the use of the r word very cringe-worthy to me. Being blessed with not one, but two people who have a disability makes life very rewarding. Both of my brothers participate in Special Olympics and nothing brings a bigger smile to their faces. Seeing them smile when the gold medal is put around their neck when they win an event is something that will always bring butterflies in my stomach and tears to my eyes.

About Hanna Halverson :I'm 19 years old. I live in Waverly, Iowa. I am from Gilbertville, Iowa, where I grew up with two older brothers who have autism. I love them more than words could say.
Share
View less ▲
August 07, 2017 | North America: Colorado

Going Above and Beyond.

By William Edwin Baxter.

Picture of William Baxter on "The Story Project" in June of 2015.

Two years ago, I appeared on a local TV show in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I told my story of "Going Above and Beyond."View Story ▼Two years ago, I appeared on a local TV show in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I told my story of "Going Above and Beyond." I was born developmentally disabled in 1954, and was mainstreamed by my parents in regular educational settings. A lot of kids my age resented me being placed with them, and I was even called the r-word many times. The story is about how I went above and beyond being disabled, and being called the r-word. I have included a link to the TV Video.

About William Edwin Baxter.:I am a Self Advocate from Colorado Springs, Colorado working as a Civilian Contract Worker out at Fort Carson, Colorado.I am active in Public Speaking and Folk Singing and doing the National Anthem.
Share
View less ▲
July 31, 2017 | North America: Oklahoma

End the Word

By Jessica Eitzen

I have two cousins with intellectual disabilities. One has what is believed to be a brain injury from a very high fever when he was very young and the other has Fragile X Syndrome.View Story ▼I have two cousins with intellectual disabilities. One has what is believed to be a brain injury from a very high fever when he was very young and the other has Fragile X Syndrome. Both of these men are very dear to my heart. They are the sweetest people you'll ever meet with their own incredible abilities, and if you ask anyone who has ever met them, they'll say the same thing. They're the reason I became a special education teacher and the reason I hate that word. Every time I hear someone use that word, I think of my cousins and my students and my blood just boils, ESPECIALLY since most of the people who use that word as a colloquialism to mean something is stupid would be the first to point out that calling someone with a disability that word is wrong. There's a disconnect and people don't see it.

About Jessica Eitzen:I am a 7th year special education teacher for children with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities.
Share
View less ▲
July 31, 2017 | North America: Virginia

My Daughter was Truly a Blessing

By DaNette Chestnut

So when I got pregnant with my first child I didn't know anything was wrong until she was about seven months old. The doctors sent us to a special center and did two weeks of testing.View Story ▼When my mom got pregnant at 37 the doctors wanted her to have a test to see if the baby would have disabilities but mom said no, I will take whatever God gives me, so that instilled in me that you love everyone and there are no exceptions. So when I got pregnant with my first child I didn't know anything was wrong until she was about seven months old. The doctors sent us to a special center and did two weeks of testing. After this the doctors took my husband and me into a room and said our precious daughter had a intellectual disability and that we should put her in an institution. I was totally shocked. I stood up and said no, we love our daughter and we are going home. So I am so proud of my mom and dad to have instilled in us that everyone matters and there is no difference in anyone. Our daughter was such a blessing and she showed us unconditional love. We lost her in 2000 at the age of 15. I believe she didn't get the right care because of her disabilities and that is not right.

About DaNette Chestnut:I am Selena Chestnut's mom and I lost her in 2000. I am still angry at the hospital and staff, they did not treat us right at all. She was truly a gift and so very much loved. I work in a group home.
Share
View less ▲

Do you have a story to tell?

Tell us your story so we can publish it here for others to see.

Upcoming Events


Date

Event

Location

Do you have an event you'd like to add to our list?

Tell us about it so we can publish the details

Spread the Word 03.07.2018

Plan now for our annual day of awareness by organizing signings, rallies and other events.

Join Us to End the Word

We are spreading the word on your favorite sites. Join us!

Act Now!

Pledge your support to eliminate the demeaning use of the r-word.

PledgeactPledges

We've Pledged!

  • This is a test. Only a test.

    Poland Spring

    Test City, New York

  • I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabil...

    ...

    Rafael Pacheco Test BBB

    Washington, District Of Columbia

  • A new test pledge to approve.

    Ryan

    DC, Alaska

  • I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabil...

    ...

    Daniel Feliciano

    Columbia, South Carolina

  • I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabil...

    ...

    Briana page

    Pleasanton, California

  • Find pledges by name, city, state/country, or school/organization

    Find
  • See All Pledges »

Get Our Newsletter

Get the latest R-word.org news.

Subscribe