End the R-Word

banner | February 27th, 2017

It is time we Spread the Word to End the Word and build awareness for society to stop and think about its’ use of the R-word. Use of that R-word, “retard” or “retarded,” is hurtful and painful and whether intended or not, is a form of bullying.

Most people don’t think of this word as hate speech, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends. The R-word is just as cruel and offensive as any other slur. Visit www.r-word.org to make your pledge today. Eliminating the use of this word is a step toward respect.

Did you know that up to three percent of the worlds population have intellectual disabilities – that’s almost 200 million people around the world. It’s one of the largest disability populations in the world, perhaps you know someone?

Join Special Olympics South Carolina and take the Pledge to End the R-word.  It’s easy, just visit www.r-word.org and Take the Pledge. Then post and share it with your friends and family and encourage them to join the movement.

Then make plans to join more than 2,000 students from schools from around the state for the 2017 Statehouse Rally on Tuesday, March 28 at 11 a.m.  The Statehouse Rally is the culmination of how passionate our Unified Champion Schools are for spreading the word to end the R-word.

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