Posted by: sonewjersey | March 6, 2013

Spread the Word to End the Word Awareness Day

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Today, March 6, people around the world are coming together to encourage their communities to Spread the Word to End the Word™, as supporters participate in the 5th annual Spread the Word to End the Word Awareness Day, aimed at ending the hurtful use of the R-word (“retard(ed)”) directed at people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, created by students with and without IDD in 2009, continues to make great strides in the fight to eliminate use of the R-word.

Throughout the month of March, schools across New Jersey will be conducting various events such as assemblies, banner signings and Respect Days to take the Pledge.

Have you taken the R-word Pledge? Taking the Pledge is not just about a word – it’s about people. Go online today and pledge your support HERE.

“I 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.”

Don’t stop there! After you take the Pledge, share it with your friends on Facebook & Twitter and ask them to take the Pledge too.

Year-round, Special Olympics New Jersey has programs in about 100 schools in New Jersey, including Project UNIFY, the Young Athlete Program and Get Into Our Game. All of these programs are designed to promote inclusion, make sports and fitness accessible to kids of all abilities, and create Unified sports opportunities for kids without disabilities to be teammates and have fun together through sports.

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