Join the Lorinsers as they sign a pledge to support inclusion on "Spread the Word Day"

Today’s the day.

It’s the 13th annual Spread the Word: Inclusion Day - a day to celebrate inclusion by saying 'no' to bullying and hurtful words and practices. It’s a day to celebrate the Champions of Change who are taking action for inclusion in communities around the world.


Our friends, neighbors and families in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are perfect to step up and take the pledge to make the world more inclusive.


So far, over a million people have made their pledge for inclusion. And the Dr. Bob Lorinser for Congress campaign wants to make sure Michigan's 1st district stands with them.

If you believe everyone should be included and welcomed into our communities – no matter if they have an intellectual disability, let's show the Special Olympics our commitments.


"Be a teammate. Be a friend. Welcome someone who has been left out. Sit next to someone alone at lunch. Say hello to someone in the hallway. There are so many ways to spread inclusion. Choose yours. Make a pledge and start today. Join us to make inclusion a reality for all people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Make your pledge below."


I pledge to support the elimination of the r-word and promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

It started in 2009, when our movement joined forces with advocates across the country and launched Spread the Word to End the Word, a campaign dedicated to ending the use of the R-word. Thirteen years later, over one million people have pledged to spread inclusion instead.


Now, in 2022, Spread the Word: Inclusion is focusing not just on the elimination of a word but on the creation of a new reality: inclusion for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Around the world, exclusion and discrimination continue to divide people with and without disabilities. We are changing that with grassroots action for inclusion. That’s Spread the Word.


Will you join the millions who are taking action for a more inclusive world and make a pledge?

By signing your name, you pledge to support the elimination of the r-word and promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

Join Peggy and I as we spread the word for a more inclusive world at specialolympics.org/SpreadTheWord.