Spread the Word to End the Word was founded by college students Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame, 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale, 2011) in 2009, and continues to be led by passionate young people, along with Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the United States and in many other parts of the world.
For the past 10 years, Spread the Word to End the Word has started conversations about respect. To continue our conversation on respect, we want to go boldly into the next 10 years. Spread the Word: Inclusion is continuing our success through an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance by advocating for inclusive words and actions so that we can end discrimination of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The campaign, created and reimagined by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support of inclusion and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Respectful and inclusive words and actions are essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the exclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions. Make your pledge for inclusion today.
2018 Spread the Word Celebration:
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Spread the Word to End the Word event with Goodwill Omaha this year. We had a phenomenal, seven-member panel and more than 50 individuals in attendance. Goodwill could not carry out our mission without the support of our amazing community. We hope that you join us today and every day as we take the pledge to Spread the Word to End the Word.