Spread the Word to End the Word!
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Negative names and comments hurt millions of people with mental disabilities as well as their loved ones , which is prompting some local students to take a stand for inclusivity.
Spread the word to end the word! That was the message from central high school students. Inclusivity means different things to a lot of different people, but for people with disabilities, it is the right to be treated equally. Among with being given the same resources and opportunities, it includes not using the ‘r word’ when addressing a person with different abilities. Brayden Burrus a senior at Central High said,
“I think we got this thing called inclusive here, something like that where they can all be in our classes, so we all get to have fun together and everything. Like i have quite a few of these guys in my PE classes actually. So we all get to know each other, and they just become another person, which they are. Treat them like everybody else.”
Spread The Word began as a grassroots campaign to change the way those with disabilities were viewed and treated, and now reaches thousands of schools. The campaign has also garnered support from Special Olympics, Best Buddies and hundreds of other advocacy organizations for it’s work in making sure everyone feels appreciated. Lindsey Roskos the special education teacher at Central High said,
“I just think it’s really important that people understand the beauty of everyone being different, and not using the r-word is a great way for people to appreciate the differences among everyone. And it’s just a great culture to spread among our students at central high school.”