Spread The Word To End The Word
According to the California Department of Education, children with disabilities are two to three times
more likely to be bullied than their peers without disabilities.
Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) and students throughout the region are working to
SONC works with students to organize events and school activities to promote inclusion and incorporate
their peers with intellectual disabilities into the regular campus environment. Many campaigns focus
on the Spread the Word to End the Word movement, educating the public about the negative effects
of using the word “retard(ed)” and encouraging people to pledge to stop saying the word as a starting
point toward creating more accepting communities for everyone.
Activities include signing the R-word banner; hosting Unified Sports competitions; organizing respect
and ability-awareness campaigns; hosting speaking engagements for students in special education; and
other interactive efforts.
“We want students to understand that people with disabilities are no different than anyone else,” said
Clare, a student at Davis Senior High School. “They enjoy doing the same things – playing basketball,
watching sports, going to movies with their friends. It’s important to get that message out there by
having these social events where students can come to watch, interact and learn.”
RESPECT is the new R-Word
To find out how to get your school involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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