Spread the Word to end the R-Word

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA), Best Buddies International, and more are making efforts to raise the consciousness of the Louisiana community about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” through the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign on March 1, 2017.

The effort will take place nation wide and is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally together and pledge their support. The “R-word” has found common use in our language today and has been accepted by many, but this word hurts even if it is not directed at someone with intellectual disabilities. That is why Special Olympics has decided to lead a campaign to publicly address the affects of the “R-word” and to encourage its end.

Merchandise and other items such as t-shirts and bags are also available online at www.r-word.org. Please join us in our efforts to end the “R-word.” For more information on this campaign please contact our office or log onto www.laso.org.

SOLA is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. SOLA offers year-round programs for 14,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 15,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit www.laso.org.

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