Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing national campaign meant to raise awareness about the harmful and dehumanizing effects of the word “retard(ed)”. The intent of the campaign is to encourage schools and communities to foster acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities, and to pledge to eliminate the r-word from everyday speech. The annual day of awareness is during the first week of March. However, people are encouraged to spread the word in their schools and communities throughout the year in hopes that the r-word will no longer be used inappropriately. I am excited to share how the high school I work in has promoted the campaign this past week. Check out these posters and a special video our students made! Join us in taking the pledge and encourage others to do the same!
If you would like to know more about the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, check out http://www.r-word.org
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