The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For too long, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had to overcome the challenges society has put forth through stereotypes. It is time for a change and you and your readers can help.
Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants accomplish great things, are members of our local communities and churches and deserve the same respect and dignity that each of us expects from others in return in our daily lives.
Help drive much needed change that will bring acceptance and inclusion to our community – include the R-word into your “Not Fit to Print” publishing guidelines alongside other hurtful and profane words. These publications reach hundreds of thousands of people in our communities and with that influence you can help us get all of those members of the community to take the pledge at www.r-word.org. If the role of a local leader like SanTanValley.com is to inform and effect positive change in the community, what better way than helping us to Spread the Word to End the Word and in turn, create communities of acceptance and inclusion for all people? Please, we need you and your readers to pledge at www.r-word.org.
Local Program Coordinator
San Tan Bumblebees