Special Olympics - Spread the Word to End the Word

Issue 18, 3/11/2016

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Special Olympics - Spread the Word to End the Word

On March 1, 2016, athletes from Special Olympics Iowa raised awareness of the hurtful impact of the R-word and asked others to pledge to eliminate the word from their vocabulary. Mary Kate Dorrlacombe said she attended the event to “raise awareness to people that we need to end it. We need people to realize it is a word that insults us. Even though people are messing around, we don’t want the word around.”

Charity Hodson, Des Moines, spoke in Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer’s office of the impact the R-word has had in her life. She said, “This word has made me, friends like me, and my family feel small and insignificant throughout our lives.” She asked those listening if they could imagine a life without the R-word because she can and, “it would be a wonderful world.”

Governor Terry Branstad read a proclamation to challenge everyone to replace the R-word with another R-word: RESPECT.

Click below to hear more from the athletes on why they are trying to eliminate the R-word. 

 

 

Visit www.r-word.org for more information on the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.

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