Spread the Word to End the Word

Spread the Word to end the Word graphicThe Institute for Innovative Transition, the Warner School of Education, and the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at Golisano Children's Hospital invite the University community to join the Golisano Foundation and the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry’s student chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry at a Sign a Pledge to End the Word event from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Café 601. Sign the pledge to stop using the r-word and enjoy performances from Gregory Street Blues Band from Arc of Monroe (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) and DJ Fly Guy Lui (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). You can also sign the pledge now by visiting www.r-word.org.

The term mental retardation was originally used as a medical term with a specific clinical connotation;  however, the derogatory forms, ‘retard’ and ‘retarded’ have been used widely in today’s society to degrade and insult people with intellectual disabilities. Spread the Word to End of the Word is an international effort to end the derogatory use of the word and support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Tags: disabilities, diversity, Institute for Innovative Transition