March 1 is National R-word Day of Awareness!
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For the seventh year, the Golisano Foundation is challenging the Rochester community to Spread the Word to End the R-Word™.
The campaign, which has become one of the largest in the country for a single region, is being held on the national Spread the Word to End the Word day of awareness on March 1.
It asks people to pledge to take a stand against using the R-word, “retard” or “retarded.”
The r-word has gained popularity in culture, but is offensive and derogatory to people with developmental disabilities. Spread the Word to End the Word was started by youth and is an ongoing effort of Special Olympics International and Best Buddies.
Spread the Word to End the Word was founded in 2009 and is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics (SO), Best Buddies to inspire respect and acceptance. The Golisano Foundation has spearheaded this initiative in Rochester since 2011. The goal is to promote more inclusive communities for people with disabilities and special needs, and reach out to more people who can spread the word and pledge to use respectful language that promotes more accepting attitudes for all people. The R-Word initiative also helps celebrate the unique gifts and talents that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have and can share with the world.
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Did you know that the YMCA of Greater Rochester is supportive of 1:1 support at all of their branches as a benefit to the Athletes membership?!
Take advantage of these great benefits today by filling out this application and emailing/faxing it directly to Caroline Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 585-454-1326, or contact Caroline directly at 585-263-3941.
Health, Wellness & Fitness
Starting in 2017, the SONY staff will be unrolling and implementing new health, wellness & fitness initiatives for our athletes. Be on the lookout for the newly added “Health, Wellness & Fitness” block that will introduce you to tips, factoids and general knowledge.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a certified Special Olympics New York coach, the first step is to attend one of our online general sessions. Please click the link(s) provided below to register for the corresponding general session.