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Spread the Word to End the Word

When You Choose Words, You Can Do Better Than the R-Word

John Franklin Stephens | Posted 03.02.2016 | Impact
John Franklin Stephens

When I was asked if I would write something for today's observance of Spread the Word, To End the Word, I decided to finish and make public a poem I have been working on for a while. I have modeled it on my favorite poem by Robert Frost.

Dad Says He Was Fired For Asking Coworkers Not To Say The R-Word

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

When Pennsylvania dad Bruce Casper heard his coworkers repeatedly use the R-word, he complained to upper management. As a result of his speaking out, ...

Adults Need to Take the Pledge to Not Say the R-Word Too

Andrea Bradley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Andrea Bradley

As children, we heard the R-word all the time -- on the playground, on the bus, even coming out of our own mouths. Even as adults we hear the R-word being used in so-called polite company.

It's Time to Stop Saying the R-Word, and Everyone Needs to Play a Part

Todd Youngblood | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Todd Youngblood

These amazing athletes are the ones that educate our community each day so that the "r-word" is not accepted.

To the Radio Station That Described the Weather as "Retarded"

Tara McCallan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Tara McCallan

Even after having Pip, close people in my life still use the word without thinking. And while I'm not normally an "R-Word Crusader," I do have to honestly admit I cringe inside each and every time I hear it said.

Spread This: Be Good to People With Intellectual Disabilities

Soeren Palumbo | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Soeren Palumbo

If you want to join us in building a world of respect and connectedness, then your directive is clear and simple: be good to people with intellectual disabilities.

We Took a Stand Against the R-Word and Changed the Face of Our High School

Tanealya Hueth | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Tanealya Hueth

We decided to take a stand to make our school a more inclusive and welcoming place. To do so, we believed our school needed to stop using the R-word.

The Only R-word in Our Dictionary is RESPECT

Mary Ellen Powers | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Mary Ellen Powers

According to some of my friends who are athletes in Special Olympics, when they hear the word 'retard' being used in that context, they feel hurt, anger, sadness, disgust -- and I even heard "It's like a knife cutting into my heart."

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Daniel Noltemeyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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."