"Spread the Word to End the Word" is a simple call to action - stop and think about the hurtful and disparaging use of the word “retard” and pledge to stop using it. Our language frames how we think about others and this simple pledge to stop using the r-word can help create a world where everyone is accepted, respected and valued.
How did it all begin?
A group of young adults, both with and without intellectual disabilities, saw the need for a movement that promoted the positive contributions of people with intellectual disabilities. The result was a campaign called Spread the Word to End the Word.
What Are We Doing to Support the Cause?
Here at Villanova, we organize this campaign during an annual Advocacy Week. We publicize the event through different forms of social media and encourage students, faculty, and staff to sign our banner to show their support. Our goal is to raise awareness about this pivotal issue and encompass a respectful environment for all, both at Villanova and beyond. Check out this year’s video promoting the campaign, as the only r-word is RESPECT:
What Can I Do to Help?
Campaigns like ours are held throughout the United States every year to educate and raise awareness of why the use of the R-word is hurtful to our friends with different abilities. Individuals of all ages and abilities have publicized this mission through local events and celebrities like Kasey Studdard (former Texas Longhorn) and Lauren Potter (Glee star) implore fans to join this movement as well. What will you do?
Learn more about the R-word campaign and take the pledge at www.r-word.org.
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