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Spread the Word Inclusion

Spread the Word is founded on an audacious belief, a simple observation, and an urgent goal.

  • Our belief is that the world would be better if all people were valued, respected, embraced, included. Included in the games we play and the friends we make. Included in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities.
  • Our observation is that despite the best efforts of many, groups around the world remain left out. One of these groups is people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a group made of more than 200 million people, representing every country, belief system, sexual orientation, gender expression, race, and ethnicity.
  • Our goal is to disrupt this cycle of isolation and exclusion with grassroots action for inclusion.

You can take action today to make your school, your workplace, your community, and your world more inclusive. Seek out someone who has been left out, isolated, or bullied. Sit with them. Welcome them. Be a friend. Be a teammate. The actions that you take for inclusion are unique to you, but they contribute to a shared global goal. Our individual actions can combine to create a new and inclusive world. Indeed, they are the only thing that can.

Creating a more inclusive world starts with a single action: yours. Here’s how you can start.

  • Take the Pledge: Make your own commitment to spread inclusion here. Your pledge can be unique: think of how you can make the most impact for inclusion in your community, make it a commitment, and start taking action today!
  • Spread the Word: After you’ve taken the pledge, spread the word so others do too. Share about your pledge on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and bring the message of inclusion wherever you go.
  • Be a leader: Challenge those around you to make their pledge for inclusion. Lead an event in your community asking others to make a commitment to make it more inclusive. All the resources you need to plan an event are available here.