Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
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My names is Doug. I am the morale building coach of the Red Bandits of Summit, NJ.
My inspiration is a group of special ed kids that I work with at my Middle school. They are often made fun of on the bus and come home upset. I would like this word to be prevented because it is not a friendly thing to say to people.
Every person in the world deserves a little kindness shown toward them.
Needless to say I was extremely alarmed when one of the state agencies I started working with had the account under: Department of M R.!!??
My brother was born in the year 1947 in a time when a child with Down syndrome was labeled as a retard or retarded!
Here is my story. Positive upbeat children. So amazing but hearing the r word is not okay.
Our lives should be focused on the empowerment of all humanity.
Coming from a family of compassion, I had the opportunity of learning that what sets us all apart is what makes life beautiful.
R-Word is a negative and bring people in our community downs
R-Word is a hurtful word to say, and make young adult angry, upset, emotions, disrespectful
I help out with these kids and they are not different, they are awesome people.
She SEES Jonathan! Other kids look through him, or see him as having little to give!
One day in school a small group of boys were making fun of her and calling her names. They made her cry and it made me really angry.
We need to show love, respect and understanding to all people we meet. People who use this hateful word are often small minded.
Inge De Rouck
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
This year, Butler High student Jeffrey Sanchez will be participating in the Special Olympics North Carolina for the first time.
I want people to be treated with respect. So what if you have a disability, you're still smart no matter what.
Not everyone is the same. Everyone has their own abilities where not all are the same. God didn't make things the same for a reason.
I have always hated the r word, as some of those with that "label" are some of the smartest people I know. They figure out quickly how to play life's games.
I want to say thank you to everyone that knows that people with obstacles in their lives are just the same as everyone else. And in fact in my eyes they're better.
When I was a kid I used the r-word frequently even picking on kids that were different....that is until I met Tony.