|University City High School Assembly|
Photo Credit: Martin Regusters
Spread the Word to End the Word™ is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, "Best Buddies" and our supporters to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourages 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 and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This year, Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia and five Project UNIFY schools hosted R-Word assemblies. The participating schools included: University City High School (pictured above), High School of the Future, Parkway West High School, Martha Washington Elementary School, and Wister Elementary School.