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People urged not to use 'R-word'

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008

I invite you to support Special Olympics Alaska by requesting you to be a fan of dignity and join me in a campaign to stop the use of the "R-word." This week, the film "Tropic Thunder" opens in movie theaters across the nation. While intended to be a satire on Hollywood actors and producers, the film has a scene which is offensive and demeans people with intellectual disabilities.

The R-word has long been a harsh reminder of the ridicule and negative stigma directed toward people with intellectual disabilities. Although it is often not directed at a person with intellectual disability, it is used in a negative fashion, to demean or highlight someone's lack of ability -- a direct reflection on what people view as the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.

Help make much needed change that will bring acceptance and inclusion to our community -- don't say the R-word. Your support will go a long way to bring dignity and respect for all people with intellectual disabilities throughout our state, nation and world. You also will have a tremendous effect by reminding all of us that when you focus on abilities rather than disabilities, everyone worldwide will be accepted for who they are rather than who they are not.

Be a fan of acceptance.

Jim Balamaci

President/CEO

Special Olympics Alaska



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