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Connections: "End the R Word" Campaign Grows

Rochester has become one of the largest regions in the country to participate in the national "Spread the Word to End the Word" day. It's all about the so-called "r word:" "retard" or "retarded."

The Golisano Foundation has helped launch the local effort, and we talk to various people about the impact of using a word that has become so hurtful to so many. Our guests:

  • Ann Costello, director of the Golisano Foundation
  • Cori Piels, inclusion specialist at Rochester AmeriCorps
  • Steve Salluzzo, president of Bishop Kearney High School
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.