Several organizations — Special Olympics Delaware, Arc of Delaware, Best Buddies, Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities (DFRC), Down Syndrome Association of Delaware, United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware and the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies — have come together in support of Special Olympics Inc.’s Spread the Word to End the Word national campaign, to be held nationwide on March 31.


This effort is a nationwide campaign seeking to educate individuals on why the derogatory and out-dated word “retarded,” and all forms of it, is not appropriate. The campaign is also asking people to pledge to eliminate the word from their daily use and encourage others to do the same.

Campaign officials are asking all Delaware high schools to participate in four ways on March 31:
•    Include general information about the campaign in morning announcements.
•    Hand out information cards to all students that include, among other things, ways to respond to someone who uses the R-word. 
•    For students to go to www.r-word.org and pledge their support nationally.
•    For students to sign a pledge banner at their school, which will then hang in the building as a constant reminder.

For more information — including who to contact — about the school in your area, or general information about the campaign, please contact Jon Buzby at 831-3484 (o), 740-1033 (c), or jbuzby@udel.edu.