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March 20, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

Usual Day for an Unusual Campaign

By Fouad Marrouch

On Monday 9th of March 2015, the Lebanese International University/LIU, Saida Branch, organized an unusual day with an unusual awareness campaign, the “r-word campaign”.View Story ▼On Monday 9th of March 2015, the Lebanese International University/LIU, Saida Branch, organized an unusual day with an unusual awareness campaign, the “r-word campaign”. All the university body from managers, to doctors, to administrators, and of course students, signed the “r - word” banners that hung over the university walls and some signed online. All participants had a thought about words starting with the letter “r” that we should stop using. This activity created interaction among students. Through this campaign organizer were able to recruit new volunteers, as some registered immediately to join in. The campaign began at 8:00 am and ended at 3:30 pm. The number of signatures exceeded 300 both online and on the banner. All got a great impression about this activity and a lasting message to watch for our conversation and the word we use.

About Fouad Marrouch :Sport Direct @ Special Olympics Lebanon
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March 20, 2015 | North America: New York

Retardo

By Julia

The other day I was walking home from physical therapy, when I saw these teenagers leaning against a wall, smoking and drinking. I kept walking past. They all started cracking up and chanting, "Retardo!!"View Story ▼The other day I was walking home from physical therapy, when I saw these teenagers leaning against a wall, smoking and drinking. I kept walking past. I can't bend my legs but I still have the ability to walk. As I walked past the teenagers, they all started cracking up and chanting, "Retardo!! Retardo!!" I felt like I just got punched. Millions of people had also gotten punched. Those who know people with intellectual disabilities or have one themselves just got a fist to the gut. I said quietly, "That's not nice." They just hooted some more and screamed curses at me. The next day I told my teacher, the only one who knows that I don't like the r word. She got so surprised and said, "Anybody who calls you that doesn't deserve to know a person that has a big heart as you."

About Julia:Nothing to say!!
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March 20, 2015 | North America: Georgia

Indignación

By Maritza

I would like to express my indignation about this pastor in Fl Usa, her name Ana Maldonado wife of the well known pastor Guillermo Maldonado, Im sharing this video that makes sick, on min 1 & 40 sec she called people with disabilities idiots.View Story ▼I would like to express my indignation about this pastor in Fl Usa, her name Ana Maldonado wife of the well known pastor Guillermo Maldonado, Im sharing this video that makes sick, on min 1 & 40 sec she called people with disabilities idiots, & she is very specific on Down syndrome ones she says if you have a child with an xtra chromosome you have and idiot! Pls view this video and notice that even translator refrains her self to not translate exactly what this pastor said, she insults in public people with disabilities, she even mocks and laughs about it!! I'm very extremely upset with this, and I pledge and implore that we all get together and ask this woman to apologize in public to our special citizens. I'm bilingual & have pray for justice to be applied and stop people like this Use their supposed ministry to mocks about this special citizens whom never will defend them selfs,

About Maritza :My name Maritza Alfaro I'm a pastors wife, my oldest son has Down syndrome, I had him at very young age, he is an very special gift from God,
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March 20, 2015 | North America: Georgia

Supporter

By Tasha

I have three uncles the same way and would get into fights at school because people used to call them at their home just to make fun then come to school laughing about doing so.View Story ▼I have three uncles the same way and would get into fights at school because people used to call them at Their home just to make fun then come to school laughing about doing so. I am so proud of this little girl for making a stand on something that should have been done so long ago!!

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March 19, 2015 | North America: Maryland

Words are a Choice

By Kimberly Cox

My Brothers and I

The r-word is not used by myself or my family. Please think before you speak. Think of those who are so innocent, who don't understand, and cannot speak up.View Story ▼My adult brother has Down syndrome and is intellectually limited. Growing up we knew he was different. We defended and protected him from hurtful people. He is very sweet and lovable. If you get to know him, you will see. Every time I hear the R-word it hurts my heart. If only people would think before they make the choice to use that word. It hurts the individuals who can't speak up for themselves and their families. That's why I took the pledge. The r-word is not used by myself or my family. Please think before you speak. Think of those who are so innocent, who don't understand, and cannot speak up.

About Kimberly Cox:I am a mother, a special education teacher, and a guardian. I am involved in my brothers life. I support and speak up for him. I have 2 children of my own. I volunteer for the Special Olympics.
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