Spread the Word to End the Word – 2016 Theme “Respect City – Population Everyone”


Respect City 1Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities. The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support  and promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The annual day of awareness is held the first Wednesday of every March, This Respect City 2Year on March 2nd.   While most activities are centered on or near that annual day in March, people everywhere can help spread the word throughout their communities and schools year-round thru pledge drives, youth rallies and online activation.


Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the R-word.

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