We encourage the promotion of RESPECT, inclusion, acceptance and unity for all students—regardless of disability—and encourage an end to hurtful speech and bullying. It’s easy to promote RESPECT at your school and we’re here to help get you started!
The R-word is the word "retard(ed)". Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It's offensive. It's derogatory.
Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.
Soeren Palumbo was a High School student in Chicago who had a younger sister with intellectual disabilities. He was sick of hearing fellow classmates use the word "retard" or "retarded" throughout the halls. Soeren made a speech about his feelings in front of the entire student body.
For more information about how to get your schools involved and host a RESPECT campaign, please contact us at Schools@sonc.org.