Respect Rally

Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and our partners to inspire respect and acceptance through raising awareness of the hurtful use of the r-word.  Communities across Montana are taking a stand to change the conversation in our local schools and communities by eliminating the derogatory use of the word from your everyday speech and encourage others to do the same. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions, so why not be a part of the solution and take the pledge!

Take the Pledge!

A youth driven movement, every day young people, as well as family members and advocates are creating change in their schools and communities.  To find out more information about the r-word campaign you can visit Along with urging us to pledge to end the use of the R-word, this campaign promotes the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities and promotes a new R-word…Respect.

While events around the globe and here in Montana will be happening on the first Wednesday in March, many supporters in the state have planned events throughout the year to promote ending the use of the r-word.

Rally for Respect!

Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. What better way to create a positive climate than in school.  The     r-word has become a common taunt to make fun of others, and whether intentional or not, creates a negative and hurtful stereotype of people with intellectual disabilities.  Create a school of inclusion and acceptance by hosting a respect rally at your school today!

Communities and Schools across Montana already planning for their Respect Rally:

  • Great Falls- Hosted by SOMT, Easter Seals Goodwill and Eagle Mount
  • Whitefish High School Big Dawg Club- Check out their video
  • Swan River Schools
  • Victor Schools
  • Utterback Middle School
  • Missoula County Public Schools
  • University of Montana
  • Power Schools
  • Big Fork Schools
  • WF Morrison
  • Fair-Mont-Egan
  • Bainville Schools
  • Lockwood
  • Missoula Catholic Schools
  • Bozeman High School
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Montana State University – Billings
  • Cold Springs Elementary
  • Capital High School
  • Bonner Schools
  • Flathead High School
  • CR Anderson Middle School
  • East Fairview Elementary
  • Sidney Middle School

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Join us and take the pledge!  For more information contact or contact Special Olympics Montana at 406.216.5327.