Spread the Word to End the R-Word

The Golisano Foundation has been challenging people to Spread the Word to End the R-Word™ (the word retard or retarded) for nine years, encouraging participation from people across New York state and Florida.

The Foundation's annual campaign has become one of the largest in the country for a single region and is held on the national Spread the Word to End the Word day of awareness in early March. Schools, non-profits, businesses and many other organizations organize awareness events ask people to pledge to take a stand against using the R-word, "retard" or "retarded." The r-word has gained popularity in culture, but is offensive and derogatory to people with developmental disabilities. Spread the Word to End the Word was started by youth and is an ongoing effort of Special Olympics International and Best Buddies.

A Message from Tom Golisano

Take a Stand and Help us Spread the Word to End the “R” Word

Take the Pledge It only takes a minute of your time, it doesn't cost anything and we know that the collective impact can make a difference and Invite your friends and colleagues to Take the Pledge to stop the hurtful use of the "R-word."

Email us to share how you are spreading the work in your organization so we can recognize your organization on our website.

Resources on how to spread the word and take the pledge in your organization

A message from Mayor Lovely Warren, City of Rochester, NY

A message from students and faculty atHartwick College in Oneonta, NY


See photos from R-Word Events



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