Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity has joined with the Special Olympics’ campaign to “Spread the Word to End the Word”, an effort encouraging people nationwide to pledge to stop using the derogatory word “retard.” The campaign is devoted to educating and raising awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities and the offensive use of the “R-word” in casual conversation.

We ask collegiate and alumni members to take the pledge to End the Word at In addition, encourage family, friends, co-workers, students to take this pledge as well.

Social Media
Twitter: @EndTheWord
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Sample tweets and posts:
“I just pledged to make the world a more accepting and inclusive place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I hope you will pledge too!”

“Language affects attitude. Attitude impacts action. Make your pledge to choose respectful people first language”

“Be a Fan of Respect. Help eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word from everyday speech #Rword”

“Have you pledged to end the use of the #Rword yet? Encourage your friends and family to take the pledge at”

“Pledge Your Support: ACT NOW–pledge your support to eliminate the demeaning use of the #Rword”

“Have you pledged to help end the use of the #Rword? http://”


Fact Sheet

Event and Activation Ideas

Plan an R-Word Event

Additional Resources for the R-Word