Spread the Word Inclusion

The Golisano Foundation has been challenging people to Spread the Word to End the R-Word™ (the word retard or retarded) and now Spread the Word Inclusion for a decade, encouraging participation from people across New York state and Florida.

The Foundation's annual campaign has become one of the largest in the country for a single region and is held on the national Spread the Word Inclusion day of awareness in early March. Schools, non-profits, businesses and many other organizations organize awareness events ask 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 now Spread the Word Inclusion was started by youth and is an ongoing effort of Special Olympics International and Best Buddies.

A Message from Tom Golisano

Take a Stand and Help us Spread the Word Inclusion

Take the Pledge

It only takes a minute of your time, it doesn't cost anything and we know that the collective impact can make a difference. There are so many ways to spread inclusion. Choose yours. Make a pledge and start today. Join us to make inclusion a reality for all people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Email us to share how you are spreading the word inclusion in your organization so we can recognize your organization on our website.

Resources on how to spread the word and take the pledge in your organization

A message from Mayor Lovely Warren, City of Rochester, NY

A message from students and faculty at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY


Photo Galleries from Spread the Word Activities




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