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Spread the Word to End the Word

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Daniel Noltemeyer | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Daniel Noltemeyer

I want to show the world that people with disabilities much more like everyone else than many realize. I want to focus on ABILITIES!

Here's When It's OK To Use The 'R-Word' In 1 Nifty Chart

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact

It may seem harmless, perfectly acceptable even, considering that the "R-word" is in the dictionary and even once was used to describe a medical condi...

Changing the Way the World Views People With Intellectual Disabilities

Brooklyn Decker | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Brooklyn Decker

My mom would always say there's a simple fix for making someone feel included and showing respect -- it's as easy as using a different word.

Supreme Court Finally Takes Big Step In Putting An End To The 'R Word'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact

A recent Supreme Court ruling may only help a few inmates on death row, but the wording of the decision could have an immeasurable impact on anyone wi...

More Than 2,000 Schools Adopt Grassroots Campaign To End The Use Of The 'R-Word'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact

You've heard it said, you may have spoken the word yourself, but Soeren Palumbo and Timbo Shriver are intent on eradicating it from the English langua...

Ending the 'R-Word' as a Punch Line

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Lou Melgarejo

March 5 marked the annual observance of the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign. Sadly, there is still a long way to go.

Breaking Down Common Defenses For Using The R-Word

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Sahaj Kohli

In order to rewire your thoughts on the r-word, you have to understand that there are legitimate arguments against your defenses for using it.

Let's Pledge to Respect People Like My Sister

Elena Delle Donne | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Elena Delle Donne

I had been blessed with gifts that the world recognized: height, agility, coordination and strength.

What 'Retarded' Does And Does Not Mean

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

For me, it's not just any old word -- it's my daughter. My beautiful, bright, happy, loving, amazing daughter who is slow or limited in intellectual development and academic progress.

20 Reasons You Should Respect My Child With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

3. Because no matter what a child's diagnosis -- Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism -- he has a lot of obstacles to overcome in this world, and your respect can help fuel his confidence.

What I'm Actually Giving Up For Lent

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Amanda Gutterman

I am making an exception and giving something up for Lent. That thing? Saying the R-word.

Make The Change, BE The Change

Tara May | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Tara May

It's time to make a change in the way we talk to and about others.

I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word

John Franklin Stephens | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
John Franklin Stephens

You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability.

They Taught Us Words Are Powerless, and They Were Wrong

Tim Shriver | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Tim Shriver

We believe that young people -- empowered by a movement of their peers -- can change how we see and treat individuals with disabilities with their words, and then more.

The Word to Use for My Older Brother Is "Inspiring"

Hannah Teter | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Hannah Teter

The use of the "r-word" perpetuates the marginalization and exclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities that persist in society, and it cannot be tolerated.

Howard Stern, Please Don't Be a Rob Portman!

Kel Kelly | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Kel Kelly

If you heard that your grandson/granddaughter -- an innocent, pure-hearted child -- was being called a retard and was being bullied at school because they were intellectually challenged, your heart would break and you would do everything within your power to stop it. Don't wait until that moment, Howard.

What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

John C. McGinley | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
John C. McGinley

When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."

$18 Million Lawsuit Over Meme

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact

The family of a Tennessee man with Down syndrome was devastated when they discovered a photo of their disabled son had spawned a derogatory Internet m...

Let's Help 'Spread the Word to End the Word'

Naba Sharif, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Naba Sharif, M.D.

When I hear the word "retarded" used to describe someone or something that is unintelligent, silly or even as a filler word when another adjective doesn't suffice, it literally makes me cringe.

Quiz: Do You Get Why You Shouldn't Say The R-Word?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

To illuminate why the r-word is so demeaning, why parents take it so personally and why this isn't just about a word, I put together a little quiz I hope you'll share. The prize for acing it: a lifetime supply of compassion, consideration and soul.

What's Wrong with 'Retard'?

Soeren Palumbo | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Soeren Palumbo

When we replace words like "retard" with others like "peer," "co-worker," or "friend," we all benefit from a more complete and beautiful understanding of what it means to be human.

Hey Now Howard Stern! Please Stop Using the R-Word

Kel Kelly | Posted 05.01.2013 | Media
Kel Kelly

You are the champion of the underdog. Your voice matters. Your fans and your staff will follow your lead. Lead them to a better place, Howard.

Stopping The R-word Is Not Enough: Culture -- Not Just Language -- Must Change

Meghan Morris | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Meghan Morris

Censorship has no place in democracy, but self-examination does. The larger goal behind "Spread the word to end the word" is not to replace the r-word with another equally stigmatizing phrase, but to increase inclusion for those who may speak, act or move differently.

Is It Time For This Word To Go?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Language is a living thing, regularly pruning words that once had benign meaning ("retarded", for instance, was a medical term for "slowed") after they take on connotations beyond their original point. This process is not just window dressing or political correctness but rather a chance and provides a regular re-evaluation of whether we are saying what we really mean.

WATCH: Fighting To End The 'R-Word'

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

Wednesday, March 7 marks the annual "Spread the Word to End the Word" advocacy day, where mental health activists and support agencies campaign for pl...