What You Can Do to End the R-Word

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Do you pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities?

Then click here to officially take the pledge to end the r-word!



Is your school doing things to make the world a more respectful and accepting place for those with and without intellectual disabilities? Did you host an event, start a club or hang posters?
What do you do when your friend, daughter or coworker says the word? You open your mouth to say something but you stop because it’s awkward or you don’t know what to say. You tell yourself that they’re not directing the word at someone with intellectual disabilities, so it’s not so bad. But the r-word hurts every time.



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:

Any size

Poster size (17 x 11)

Legal size (8.5 x 14)

Special Olympics Northern California Posters:

Any size

Poster size (17 x 11)

Legal size (8.5 x 14)



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

Don’t dis-ability

No labels, no limits

Spread the word to end the word

The new r-word is RESPECT

Pledge and be heard

Pledge and show respect to everyone

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.




Read our blog at www.OurUnifiedSchools.com and check out our YouTube page (click here) — including our Whole-School Involvement playlist (click here) with lots of great videos for students and inspiration! Don’t forget to follow us on social media:
Northern California: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



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!

~See how students and faculty at Lowell High School feel when they hear the r-word

~Host an r-word rally like Irvington High School or an assembly like this junior high



Learn a little more about Special Olympics by reading the Special Olympics disability language guidelines by clicking here.



EricHow 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.

Videos can make a big impact on your classmates and students. We have a lot on our whole-school involvement playlist! Please use any of the videos on the playlist or our YouTube channel at any time!



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

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