Spread The Word, To End The Word.
21 Mar 2018

Spread The Word, To End The Word.

What is 'Spread the Word, to End the Word'?

"Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.  Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.  Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language."

To make the pledge, visit

The Miss Universe Organization partners closely with Best Buddies which is the largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff and Miss MN USA contestant Mikaela Holmgren are both ambassadors for Best Buddies. They met up in New York to show that they are continuing to make a pledge to end social isolation and made the pledge to end the "R-Word."

Watch the full video here.