Spread the Word to End the Word
Spread the Word to End the Word Day is an international initiative that was first created in 2009. This global movement aims to grow awareness across every community to make people stop their hurtful use of the R-word and to get those people to take a pledge. This pledge is to respect all individuals so that our global community is a more inclusive and accepting place for all of us.
A person using the R-word is very demeaning and hurtful for individuals with intellectual disabilities. “I am not trying to be the ‘word police,’ but instead I am trying to let people know some words hurt people and there are other choices,” said Lauren Potter, actress and supporter of Special Olympics and Best Buddies. “I want to live in a world where people care about other people and try hard not to hurt others with their words or actions.”
The Special Olympics and youth leaders want to eliminate the word “retard” or “retarded” out of our vocabulary. This movement is being led by teens and young adults to stand up for inclusion in their schools and communities. On March 4, 2020 over 6,000 schools will lead the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign on their campuses.
If you would like to help you can plan an event on the official day or any time this year. Visit www.r-word.org and join over 800,000 people in over 80 countries to take the pledge today.