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 the conversation on respect. To continue our conversation on respect, we want to go boldly into the next ten 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.
You’re invited to join Goodwill Omaha and Special Olympics Nebraska as we celebrate Spread the Word Inclusion on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. A special celebration event has been planned at Thunderhead Tap Room (13304 W Center Road, #126, Omaha, NE 68144) from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Members of the community are encouraged to make a $5 donation to the Spread the Word Inclusion event. In return, attendees will receive a custom Spread the Word Inclusion pint glass, a free beverage (Thunderhead craft beer included), raffle tickets, as well as a delicious pizza dinner and snacks. Raffle prizes to include swag and gift cards.
During the event, attendees are encouraged to take the pledge to use respectful words and actions in their daily lives. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about Goodwill Omaha and Special Olympics programs and services. This event is family friendly and everyone is invited. Valid ID is required when ordering adult beverages.
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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, 7-member panel, and over 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.
To learn more about the event that took place, please visit our Facebook page.