Over the past week, Loras College celebrated annual “End the ‘R’ Word” week. Sponsored by the Du-Buddies organization, this week is committed to working together to reduce the negative connotation of the “R” word. Their theme for the week is, “Hands in, Give the ‘R’ word a new spin.”
Loras College Du-Buddies, established in 2011, builds meaningful and thriving relationships with young adults in the community with intellectual disabilities. Through this, the organization fosters one-on-one friendships between people with and without disabilities in the Dubuque.
The organization kicked off their week of events on Monday with a kick-off party that encouraged all who attended to spread the word about using the “R” word in a more positive manner. Tuesday’s event, a family panel, provided information and stimulated discussion among participants. Make Your Mark, hosted on Wednesday night, also fostered discussion and encouraged those who attended to commit to making the Dubuque community a better and more accepting place for those with disabilities. Additionally, Du-Buddies sold t-shirts throughout the week to spread the word about their events and encourage those to, as the organization says, “spread the word to end the word.”
The last two events that will wrap up “End the ‘R’ Word” week are a job fair, which takes place tonight, March 3 at 6 p.m. in the Mary Alexis Room, and a Du-Buddies talent show on Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in the ACC ballrooms. Everyone is welcome to attend these events.