Be a Fan of Inclusion. Help create opportunities for inclusive activities in your school or community.
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 for 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.
Why Spread the Word: Inclusion?
We’ve made progress to spreading the word to end the r-word, but we have a long way to go in ending all types of discrimination for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Our Spread the Word community is leading the way in inclusive activities in over 4,500 schools across the country through pledge events, student rallies, and videos that bring together students with and without ID to help create a more inclusive world for all — and this is a fraction of more than 3 million schools worldwide.
Over 77% of U.S. high school students believe that their school should focus on social and emotional skills — such as empathy for others. Our STW campaign has provided opportunities for young people of all abilities to build these skills through the promotion of Spread the Word. With Spread the Word Inclusion, students find their voice and teaches them to be change agents In striving for Inclusion.
Over 60% of people still believe that people with Intellectual disabilities should be segregated In schools and I n the workplace. With Spread the Word Inclusion, we can combat this intolerable attitude towards people with intellectual disabilities.
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Hurtful language and actions of exclusion are hurtful and painful — whether intended or not. Most people do not realize their words or and actions affect not only people with intellectual disabilities, but their friends and family.
As we move forward, we need to know you’re with us!
- Pledge that you will spread the word for inclusion at spreadtheword.global
- Show us your pledge of inclusion by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Share Your Story! Share why you Spread the Word Inclusion.
Many Unified Champion Schools observe Spread the Word Day in March or hold Respect or Kindness campaigns sometime during the school year as part of Whole School Engagement efforts. Since every school is different, it’s up to you to decide the fit for your school.
You may already have an event planned or maybe you are looking for some ideas for a small activity for your school’s first effort. Every new unified event/activity is a step towards a more accepting and inclusive community and state. Typical elements might include a school-wide rally, signing a banner or pledge to be respectful/kind to all, and a Unity Day or Awareness Day. You can start with something as simple as morning announcements and work up from there.
- We’ve linked a toolkit full of information to help you plan activities to generate enthusiasm for promoting a respectful school climate.
- Another great resource available to all Unified Champion Schools is a Respect apparel available at a special discount! Purchase shirts, sweatshirts, pledge stickers and more at low prices by using the code: school.
- We are so excited to see campaigns at schools around the state, please you’re your social media posts with @specialolympicswisconsin.
- We’d love to partner with your school to create a Spread the Word to End the Word promotional video that will spotlight the GREAT WORK our UCS program schools are doing to spread an inclusive school culture. Check out the details!
Spread the Word for Inclusion Resouces
- Reedsburg High School Assembly to Spread the Word to End the Word
- Middleton High School Students Spread the Word to End the Word
- Lodi Elementary Students Spread the Word to End the Word
- Oregon High School Student Spreads the Word
- Respect Campaign
- Inclusion Throughout the Day
- Event and Activation Ideas
- Dear Educator_ About this Toolkit
- Morning Announcements Month by Month
- Social Video Messaging for Ambassadors
- Social Media Activation Tips
- Letter to Media Template
- UCS Schools Discount Respect week store
- Online Store Order Form