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SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD movement

Steve PhillipsSOCI 307June 10, 2015Slide2

introduction

Spread the Word to End the

Word

is an organization that

peacefully advocates for the removal of the word

“Retard

from the

mainstream.

The

R-Word comes from the phrase “Mental Retardation”.

According

to Psychology Today, mental retardation is a state in which a child’s intelligence is below average. Webster (

2005)

People

with disabilities are

constantly informing

communities

about

the

R-Word

and

its

incorrect use

toward

students with intellectual disabilities. Slide3

Mission / goals

Spread The Word to End the Word’s

campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the

R-Word

(retard)

The R-Word

is viewed as highly offensive in multiple communities for people with disabilities.The R-Word is an incorrect usage to refer to students with intellectual disabilities.The R-Word implies disrespect for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Slide4

history

Special Olympics objected to a newly released movie called Tropic Thunder.

The movie

portrayed that being

retarded was

funny, however it came across as offensive. Spread The Word to End the Word was started by Special Olympics in 2004. In response to the movie, many Special Olympic athletes protested against the movie’s use of the word “Retard”. Spread The Word to End the Word was bolstered by youth with and without intellectual disabilities and continued with athletes who

participated in the

2009 Olympic games.Slide5

Spread The word TO END the Word’s Frame

Prognostic (problem) - the R-Word offends people with disabilitiesDiagnostic (solution) -

Spread The Word to End the Word

has extensive skills to frame their message through the media.

(FACEBOOK AND TWITTER)

SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD’s motivation is to gain respect for people with intellectual disabilities Slide6

Current actions

Local leaders organize community marathons and work with

communities

to educate all teachers and young families about the

R-Word.

In

Duluth, Minnesota this past spring, more than 100 local students took to UMN’s Malosky Stadium for the first Spread the Word to End the Word -1K and 5K Races.The Special Olympics commissioner is a big supporter of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. “We'd like to get the word out about translating individuals with disabilities with equality because it's what they deserve." Harris (2015). Slide7

Strategies/tactics

The organization’s website has an official pledge urging people,

“To

inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and

how it disrespects people

with intellectual disabilities.”

Darli, P. (2013) Use of the R-Word was even parodied on THE DAILY SHOW (show clip)http://thedailyshow.cc.com/news-team/lewis-black/05vh7h/back-in-black---the-r-wordSlide8

Conclusion

A major movement in the special education community is spreading awareness of not using the R-Word and its offense to people with disabilities.

In addition, people

with disabilities are

also educating local

communities

about the R-Word and its incorrect use toward intellectual disabilities. You can help by going to http://www.r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx and make a free pledge TO END THE WORD!!! Slide9

REFERENCES

Cavender, Anna (2008) General writing guidelines for technology and people with disabilities. ACM accessibility and computing. \ (92), p. 17 - 22. Retrieved May 24, 2015Darli, P. (2013) When You Say Retard THE R WORD.COM Retrieved From http://therword.org/

Retrieved

May 25, 2015

Harris, P. (2015, May 02) Walk to End Using the “R” Word FOX-News on Facebook KQDS Retrieved from http://www.fox21online.com/news/local-news/a-walk-to-end-using-the-r-word/32774380 retrieved June 7, 2015

Merriam-Webster's

collegiate dictionary (11th Ed.). (2005). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retard Retrieved May 24, 2015Pociask S. et al. (2009) Special Olympics Global Collaborating Center University of Massachusetts Boston Retrieved May 24, 2015Seidman, E. (2013, March 6). 5 Things People Don’t Get About The Word “Retard”. Retrieved May 23, 2015, retrieved from http://www.parents.com/blogs/to-the-max/2013/03/06/autism/5-things-people-dont-get-about-the-word-retarSlide10