Spread The Word To End The Word

People are stepping up to stop the use of the 'R' word.

That word is 'retard' and it's the tenth anniversary for the spread the word to end the word campaign.

The goal is to raise awareness of the offensive term and instead encourage people to use person first language.

First person language is when you respectfully put the person before their disability.

Today, several students at Minot State University took the pledge to remove the 'R' word from their vocabulary.

"It's really hard being in a special education program with communication disorders and having people say it when you know how offensive it is to those people and also their families," said Shelby Gillies, MSU Special Olympics President.

The spread the word to end the word campaign will continue during the Special Olympics state basketball tournament beginning on Friday.

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