Retiring the "R word"

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GLENDALE -- Students all over the country are gathering to "spread the word to end the word."

Deborah Taylor, a teacher at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glendale, tells Tara Hitchcock all about the movement, which is meant to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies International and their supporters to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support.