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Duquesne Students Want to ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’

Students from Duquesne University’s chapter of Best Buddies International will host the event Spread the Word to End the Word in conjunction with a national campaign to help take a stand against a word that has gained popularity in culture, but is offensive to many.

The “R-word” or term “retard(ed)” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted, despite the fact that its use, casual or otherwise, is hurtful to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who love them.

Spread the Word to End the Word is open to the public and will feature live music from pianist Brittany Maier, who is autistic and blind, and performances by Curtis Lewis Jr. and Nathan Angelo. In addition, Pittsburgh Steeler Dan Sepulveda will also be in attendance.

Best Buddies chapters create the foundation for friendships between individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is an international organization with more than 1,400 chapters. The Duquesne University chapter was recognized by Best Buddies International with the prestigious 2008-2009 Outstanding Chapter of the Year award.

When: Thursday, April 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: The A.J. Palumbo Center, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

Information: Cost at the door is $15 (includes a T-shirt) or $10 (not including T-shirt).

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