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Best Buddies Month: North Rockland High School


We are excited to introduce you to the North Rockland High School (NRHS) Best Buddies chapter in Thiells, New York. NRHS Best Buddies is a Promoters program, committed to sharing the mission of Best Buddies and providing opportunities for inclusion and leadership to people with intellectual disabilities. Although the school does not make one-to-one matches, they are committed to providing opportunities for friendships for their peers with disabilities and raising awareness for the disability rights movement.

NRHS Best Buddies has been making an impact in their community for two years and hopes to grow their involvement in the community. This year, they pooled their resources, time, and energy to develop their own “Stomp out the R-word” video, promoting an end to the use of the r-word for our annual Spread the Word to End the Word initiative. Please read more about the chapter’s commitment and passion and the difference they have made for Spread the Word Day this month!

This interview was completed by Chapter President, Anyssa Evelyn; Officer Tarique Wilson; and Faculty Advisor, Gina Tedesco.

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Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 7th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 4th


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Pledge #Respect for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Washington, D.C. – 4 March 2014Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the seventh annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through engagement with schools, organizations and communities, the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign urges young people around the world to take a stand in their own communities and help change the conversation by eliminating the use of the R-word and replacing it with ‘respect.’ The campaign highlights the harmful effects the word “retard(ed)” has on the millions of people with IDD, their families and friends. Use of the R-word, “retard” or “retarded,” is hurtful and painful and, whether intended or not, is a form of bullying. Eliminating the use of this word is a step toward respect for all. Read More…

March is Best Buddies Month! Here’s how you can celebrate


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March is Best Buddies Month

Best Buddies Month is a time for Best Buddies participants to reflect on the importance of friendship, jobs, and the development of future leaders. Most importantly, it is a time to show the world the significance of these essentials in every individual’s life.

What began in 1993 as a one-day event has become a month-long celebration of the Best Buddies mission. 2014 marks our 25th Anniversary, and we want you to celebrate the impact our friendship, jobs, and leadership development programs have had on your life.  Read More…

Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 6th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 5th


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Washington, D.C. – 5 March 2014Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the sixth Spread the Word to End the Word® day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Read More…

An Open Letter to Chuck Klosterman, The New York Times, Ethicist


It’s incredible that this day in age we still don’t have a zero-tolerance policy for using offensive and disrespectful language / references in popular media channels. We hope that Mr. Klosterman and The New York Times have the courage to respond Kari’s question and commit to using respectful language and references in their published content.

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Dear Mr. Klosterman,

Words like “that’s so gay” or “homo” were used regularly and with impunity in our society. Often to elicit a cheap laugh. Those words came to denote something or someone that is stupid, peculiar or undesirable. As gay rights flourished the majority of society realized they were not just using words – they were using words that hurt people. Words that devastated people.

Today people with cognitive disabilities and their allies are asking members of society to refrain from using the word “retarded” (along with all mutations of the word) for the same exact reasons. My question to you:

Is it ethical to contribute to the denigration of the vulnerable?

I am particularly interested because you, Chuck Klosterman, are The Ethicist for the New York Times and the author of the following:

“Well, okay…not everyone. Not boring people and not the profoundly retarded. But whenever I…

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The Power of Words: It’s Our Responsibility To Stand Up For Respect


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This week, I felt the overwhelming need to share with those around me my many wonderful  experiences with Best Buddies and the power of words through Spread the Word to End the Word. It all started Monday afternoon, when I gave a persuasive speech on Spread the Word to End the Word, explaining why such words, as “retard(ed)” were so hurtful and misused. I explained that we should find a better r-word. This word being respect.  I was in awe of the incredible impact it seemed to have made on my classmates due to the handfuls of reviews I received in support of the cause.

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