Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Well we had another day off from school due to snow.....Im assuming we'll be making up yesterday on Memorial Day....ughhh I hate that! Tomorrow we are on a 2 hr delay and had an IEP meeting scheduled....how wonderful is that? So we're planning to reschedule that...
Took Syd to the doctor today cause her throat looked horrible....bless her never complained except for an occational headache. I was getting her dressed for the doctor when I noticed her chest completely covered in a rash.....if I didnt know she had Strep before I knew it then......sooooooo he offered us the shot vs the meds for a week..woohoooo
She hasnt ever had the shot but I got it the last time I got strep...wasnt sure how it would go getting her on her stomach for such a momentus occation......after calm conversation and assuring her I was only doing this because I knew it would make her feel better .....she continued to be reluctant....so with a 1, 2, 3.....I got her flipped over on the bed...with her looking back at them.....I kept saying Syd look at mama...syd....with that.....she gave me 3 good pops in the jaw LOLOL......a few times when she's been really nervous or held...she has thrown a fist to the back....but at least she takes each thing with good stride....lol...never to hurt me. She immed apologized to me and thanked them for her shot! She said ouch....but that was it....what a trooper! So my girl should be feeling better soon....
Saylor was having a grand ol time helping file charts or whatever they had her doing up front...haha...
March 31, 2009

PLEASE NOTE: Thank you for your interest in spreading the word. Additional information such as how to order t-shirts and get involved can be directed to the Special Olympics email address: SOCollege@specialolympics.org
End the R-Word Day is a day to raise awareness around the world about the hurtful and derogatory nature of the word "retard(ed)." Facebook users can go to Facebook and type in the search box 'Campaign to Ban "R" Word' (this is listed as a cause) and you can also search for 'End the R-Word Day 3.31.09' (this is listed as an event). You can join/RSVP and then keep checking those links for updates. I will also post updates on this blog as I get them and you can click here for an earlier post.
The hubs and I have emailed the contact person below and I'll post an update when I hear back from them. I MUST HAVE a shirt (see the Special Olympics email address below to order as I have no further information about how to get them) and want to see what I as an old lady and Mark as a professor can do to get involved in this youth driven event.
All of us have a role to play in making the world a more accepting place for people with intellectual disabilities.
Take a day to use more accepting language.
Take a day tell your friends to do the same.
Take a day to embrace the humanity of all people.
Take a day to end the R-word.
Spread the Word to End the Word.
End the R-Word Day is a day to collect pledges to acknowledge the hurtful nature of the words "retard(ed)" and to end the casual and pejorative uses of the word.
"This is by no means an effort to ban a word legally but rather by way of societal consensus. That is, we are trying to educate people about the hurtful consequences of the R-word and asking that people, once informed, CHOOSE not to use it. We are not language police. We are educators. After you learn about the effects that the R-word has on people with disabilities and their families, I hope that you will remove it from your vocabulary. In the end, that is all I can ask." Soeren Palumbo
College Students
If you are a college student, you can lead End the R Word Day on your campus. If you are interested in distributing t-shirts, posters, buttons, etc. to raise awareness on your campus, send your name and contact information to Special Olympics College at SOCollege@specialolympics.org
High School Students
If you are in high school, you can hang posters, coordinate a school assembly, wear t-shirts, and pass out buttons and stickers. If you would like to host End the R-Word Day at your school, contact us at SOCollege@specialolympics.org
If you would like to champion End the R Word Day at your school, send an email with your contact information to SOCollege@specialolympics.org and you will be sent more information and an order form to get End the R Word Day t-shirts.

Shirts can be ordered by emailing: SOCollege@specialolympics.org