Spread The Word To End The Word Campaign

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Editor:

As the Payson Roundup is a leader in driving local culture, we need your support, and the support of your readers, in our Spread the Word to End the Word™ campaign to help make a stand against a word that has gained popularity in culture, but is offensive to many. The “R-word” or “retard(ed)” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted by most, despite the fact that its use, casual or otherwise, is hurtful to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those that love them.

The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For too long, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had to overcome the challenges society has put forth through stereotypes. It is time for a change and you and your readers can help.

Help drive much-needed change that will bring acceptance and inclusion to our community — please include the R-word into your “Not Fit to Print” publishing guidelines alongside other hurtful and profane words.

Your paper reaches many members of the community and with that influence you can help us get all of those members of the community to take the pledge at www.r-word.org. Help us to Spread the Word to End the Word and in turn, create communities of acceptance and inclusion for all people.

Please, we need you and your readers to pledge at www.r-word.org.

Kylea Donaldson

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