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'End the Word' day observed

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Across the Dakotas and the nation Wednesday, people are being asked to take time to stop and think about how their words may affect others.

Wednesday is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, asking people to remove the word "retarded" from their vocabulary, said Cheryl Hess, executive director of North Dakota's State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

While the effort is focused on getting everyday people to stop using the "R-word," Hess said on a higher level, it's already been removed from the text of laws, both nationally and locally.

People are being asked to pledge to eliminate the "R-word" from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

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