Thousands rally to “End the R-word”

Approximately 2,000 students, teachers, family members and volunteers gathered to celebrate the Special Olympics and to pledge to support the elimination of the R-word and advocate for respect.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Spreading the word to end the R-word.

An event took place Tuesday afternoon on the South Carolina State House grounds. Approximately 2,000 students, teachers, family members and volunteers gathered to celebrate the Special Olympics and to pledge to support the elimination of the R-word and advocate for respect.

Barbara Oswald with the South Carolina chapter of Special Olympics says, “They are here speaking out for inclusion, respect and acceptance of our students with special needs.”

Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round athletic training and competitions for nearly 25,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. According to a press release from the organization, “End the R-word” is a world-wide movement to end the use of the word “retard” and “retarded” in everyday language.

For more information about “End the R-Word” click here.

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