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Rally to 'Spread the Word to End the Word 3.31.09'

People Inc., The Museum of disABILITY History and Special Olympics Announce a Rally to 'Spread the Word to End the Word 3.31.09' to Raise Awareness about the 'R-word'

WHAT: The rally is a part of the national collaborative effort to Spread the Word to End the Word. 3.31.09 will be a National Awareness Day to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)." The day will be devoted to educating and raising awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities. Individuals across the country will rally their schools and communities to pledge their support and stop the offensive use of the "R-word" in casual conversation at Tours of the Museum of disABILITY History will be available prior to and following the event.

WHO: The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., will unite with thousands of individuals across the nation to Spread the Word to End the Word. Guest speakers include: Hillary Kellogg, New York State Special Olympics; Larry Jordan, Self Advocate; Cheryl Creekmore, Self Advocate; Nick Zmuda, Special Olympics Athelete; Charles Degraffenried, Museum of disABILITY History Docent; Douglas Platt, Museum of disABILITY History Curator; Kevin Horrigan, People Inc. Public Affairs Director; Brad Watts, People Inc. Community Relations Coordinator.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 12:30 PM - 3 PM

WHERE: 1291 North Forest Rd., Williamsville, NY People Inc.'s and the Museum of disABILITY History's headquarters. Parking will be available across the street.

Western New York 1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231 | Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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