"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.
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.
Over 500 events were held throughout the United States to educate and raise awareness of why the use of the R-word is hurtful, even in casual conversation. Celebrities such as Joe Jonas and John C. McGinley have chosen to take the pledge and support the campaign by recording public service announcements.
Our Awareness Committee holds an annual Spread the Word to End the Word event in which students, faculty, and staff members are invited to take a pledge to end the use of the "r" word. The Awareness Committee is also producing an insightful video to bring to light the hurtful impact that the "r" word has. Our goal is to establish Villanova and the broader community as a community of respect.
Learn more about the R-word campaign and take the pledge at www.r-word.org.
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