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Soeren Palumbo
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Soeren Palumbo is a co-founder of Spread the Word to End the Word. One of his three sisters, Olivia, has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability. Soeren is currently a JD/MBA student at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Soeren is a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame.

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Spread This: Be Good to People With Intellectual Disabilities

(20) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Today marks the 7th Annual Day of Action for Spread the Word to End the Word, a campaign we launched in 2009 as a way to eliminate the hurtful use of the words "retard" and "retarded." Since then, we've been joined by millions of people across the US and around...

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They Taught Us Words Are Powerless, and They Were Wrong

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:10 AM

They taught us that words are powerless:

"A little less conversation, a little more action."
"Sticks and stones."
"Actions speak louder than words."
"Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action."
Even DMX taught us that "talk is cheap."

But is it? We launched Spread the Word...

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What's Wrong with 'Retard'?

(87) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Over the past five years, Spread the Word to End the Word has elicited thousands of stories and perspectives answering the question "what's wrong with 'retard'?" But none of them have been as poignant and powerful as that given by Jonathan Franklin Stephens, a self-advocate and author with Down syndrome....

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Bullying Revisited: Retarded?

(8) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 1:10 AM

In our society of child psychology and guidance counseling, one would be hard pressed to find someone who does not acknowledge the pernicious consequences and prevalence of childhood bullying.

Take, for example, our friend Tyler. Tyler, now in his 20s, was verbally and emotionally abused inside and...

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