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July 23, 2015 | North America: Utah

I volunteer

By Natalie jones

I have volunteered with people with special needs at my school for 3 years. I have not only grown to Learn about disabilities I have learned how to befriend people with disabilities. When I hear people use the R word it hurts.View Story ▼I have volunteered with people with special needs at my school for 3 years. I have not only grown to Learn about disabilities I have learned how to befriend people with disabilities. When I hear people use the R word it hurts. Not only because they are using it wrong, but becuase some of my close friends are mentally challenged. I pledge to stop the use of the R word so we can stop the bullying,and hateful things we hear in our schools.

About Natalie jones :I love sign language and I hope to become an interpreter,teacher,or special needs teacher
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July 23, 2015 | North America: Kansas

Crazy

By emily

People at my school call me the R word and more. It happend for 4 years straight it was so horrible. I also thought they where my friend and then they said they hate me that hurt the most.View Story ▼People at my school call me the R word and more. It happend for 4 years straight it was so horrible. I also thought they where my friend and then they said they hate me that hurt the most.

About emily :I have severe ADHD
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July 23, 2015 | North America: Canada

Words have power

By Marissa

Words have a lot of power. They can build or destroy. They can save someone's life or make them want to take their life. Words should be used to build someone up not to tear them down.View Story ▼Words have a lot of power. They can build or destroy. They can save someone's life or make them want to take their life. Words should be used to build someone up not to tear them down.

About Marissa:I want to live in a world without bullying
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July 23, 2015 | North America: Florida

"He can't help it coach, he was born like that..."

By Joe Burley

Those were the sage words of wisdom were confided to me by a 40-year-old gentleman with Down syndrome who was a member of my Special Olympics team after witnessing another 8-year-old athlete eat his lunch when not supervised.View Story ▼Those were the sage words of wisdom were confided to me by a 40-year-old gentleman with Down syndrome who was a member of my Special Olympics team after witnessing another 8-year-old athlete eat his lunch when not supervised. Though I anticipated an emotional outburst from my athlete as a result of his lost, beloved hamburger, I received this wonderfully enlightened and compassionate perspective of the needs and challenges of a younger peer. I was blessed to work with adults and children with disabilities in adult day training and residential settings. I cannot minimize the impact these men and women had on myself and my family in addition the life long friendships I acquired. I applaud the "R-word campaign" because contrary to the belief that people with the abilities are the ones in need, it is time to understand that the community around them needs to grow as well

About Joe Burley:I am currently the Athletic Director and Middle School History teacher at Florida Prep Academy. Previously, I worked for twenty years with adults and children with disabilities.
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July 23, 2015 | North America: Maryland

Natural feeling

By Melvin Stewart

I have always felt this way, but after dating someone with mild disability and seeing how smart and how much information he retains. It's amazing, I Love that kid and his inner strengthView Story ▼I have always felt this way, but after dating someone with mild disability and seeing how smart and how much information he retains. It's amazing, I Love that kid and his inner strength

About Melvin Stewart:Just an ordinary person who respect everyone who respects themselves
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