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Golisano Foundation Launches 6th Annual Challenge to
Spread the Word to End the “R” Word

March 2 is National R-word Day of Awareness!
Take a Stand Against Using the Word Retarded

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double ruleFor the sixth year, the Golisano Foundation is challenging the Rochester community to Spread the Word to End the R-Word™. 

The campaign, which has become one of the largest in the country for a single region, is being held on the national Spread the Word to End the Word day of awareness on March 2.

It asks 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.

Each year the foundation's goal is to reach out to more people who can spread the word and pledge to use respectful language that promotes more accepting attitudes for all people including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have unique gifts and talents to share with the world.

Here are local organizations planning Spread the Word to End the Word pledge activities. If your organization is having a pledge activity, please Email us to share how you are spreading the word and we will add you to this list to recognize your organization.



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"Spread the Word to End the Word" by Bishop Kearney

Students at the College of Brockport join the nationwide effort to help end the use of the R-word.

"Spread the Word to End the Word" by the Rochester Knighthawks

"Spread the Word to End the Word" by Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY

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How You Can Spread the Word!

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