Show your commitment to the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. Print out a poster for your school, sign it and encourage classmates to sign it, too.
Special Olympics Nevada Posters:
Special Olympics Northern California Posters:
You can also make your own signs! Create your own or consider putting these taglines on them:
Promoting unity and respect in our school
Language affects attitude
Attitude affects actions
We’re more alike than different
Your attitude is my disability
No labels, no limits
Spread the word to end the word
The new r-word is RESPECT
Pledge and be heard
The only disability in life is a bad attitude
If you’re a teacher, implement one of our lesson plans! If you’re a student, ask your teacher to use them or consider presenting this powerpoint that a student created! You can also share a very impactful speech that one student gave.
We are thankful to work with plenty of schools who put on a Spread the Word to End the Word campaign on their campuses. We’ve even showcased some of them on the blog!
Learn a little more about Special Olympics by reading the Special Olympics disability language guidelines by clicking here.
How do Special Olympics athletes feel about the r-word? Watch Eric’s story by clicking here.
It’s not just children and adults with intellectual disabilities who don’t like the r-word. Soeren Palumbo has a younger sister with disabilities. As a high school student in Chicago, he got sick and tired of hearing fellow classmates use the r-word throughout the halls. Read or watch the speech he gave in front of the student body and watch the resulting news feature.
If you’ve seen the TV show ‘Scrubs,’ then you know who John C. McGinley is. But did you know that he has a son with Down syndrome and is a Global Messenger for Special Olympics? Click here to read his thoughts on the ramifications of using the r-word.
There are many ways for schools to get involved and host their own Spread the Word to End the Word campaign any time of the year. For more information about getting your school involved in…
Northern California — please contact Heather Jones at HeatherJ at SONC.org or 925-944-8801 x 232.
Nevada — please contact Harry Mong at HarryM at SONV.org or 702-474-0690, ext 202
What will you do to help spread the word to end the word?