Pledge to End the “R-Word”
Wednesday, March 1, will be Spread the Word to End the Word Day for 2017. It is a worldwide day of awareness to end the use of the “R-Word.” The R-Word is hurtful to those with intellectual disabilities, especially when used to demean or belittle others.
While there won’t be a rally at the Capitol like there was a year ago, there are still many ways you can help spread the message of inclusion and respect on Spread the Word to End the Word Day. Let your friends know that you support people with intellectual disabilities and stamping out the R-Word with posts on social media or letters to the editor. Hold a Spread the Word to End the Word event at your school. Or simply take the pledge to end the use of the R-Word and encourage friends to do the same. Visit the resources page at r-word.org to see sample posts and letters and to download graphics you can use leading up to and on Spread the Word to End the Word Day.
For information about Spread the Word to End the Word Day, contact Special Olympics Kentucky Director of Volunteer and Program Services Justin Harville at 502-695-8222 or [email protected].