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.
Join thousands of others and make a pledge to help Spread the Word to End the Word with a new "R" word - Respect. Over 650,000 people have taken the pledge. You can be next!
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 host a RESPECT campaign, please contact us at Schools@sonc.org.