News Release

Published on Tuesday, March 02, 2010

On Wednesday, March 3, students in Western Technical College’s DisAbility Support Specialist program will be promoting “Spread the Word to End the Word” awareness on campus. The campaign is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies International and their supporters to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the “r” word.

At 9:30 a.m., Western President Lee Rasch will make a proclamation to declare March 3 as “Spread the Word to End the ‘r’ Word Day” at Western Technical College. He will make the announcement in front of the Health/Safety & disAbilities class, in Room 3002 of the Health Science Center, and then officially encourage all students and staff to spread the word throughout their communities.

Everyone will also be encouraged to sign a pledge to support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech to promote the acceptance and respect of people with intellectual disAbilities. Pledge cards will be available in the Health Science Center lobby or the Kumm Center 1st floor hallway. Online pledges are also available at

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations, and communities to rally and pledge their support with a goal of reaching 100,000 pledges.

To learn more about Western’s DisAbility Support Specialist program or additional programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit