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Call to Action: Spread the Word to End the Word

9 spread the wordThe childhood adage “Sticks and Stones” was designed to teach us “words will never hurt me.” But truthfully, words like the R-word do hurt and are extremely offensive to the more than 200 million people worldwide with disabilities, their loved ones, and those of us who provide support.

In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month which is recognized each March, Monarch staff and people we support are participating in the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign in their local communities.

“Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities,” said Monarch CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune.

Founded by college students Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale 2011) in 2009, The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign continues to be led by passionate young people, along with Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the United States and in many other parts of the world.

Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions. You can make a pledge for #Respect today at

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