North HS Holds "Spread the Word" Assembly

Posted by Community Relations on 3/23/2016

The assembly was called Spread the Word, but it is really about eliminating the “R” word, replacing “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability.” North’s Best Buddies club held the assembly in conjunction with the school’s spring sports assembly, March 3.   The sports theme included representatives from Special Olympics, including Amy Remfrey, the coach of the gold medal winning Arizona softball team that won the Special Olympics Summer Games gold medal, and a Phoenix Union employee.

The campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.  Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.  Special Olympics, Best Buddies and the greater disability community prefers to focus on people and their gifts and accomplishments, and to dispel negative attitudes and stereotypes.