(In Alphabetical Order)

Jabari Asim – author, The N Word; associate professor of writing, literature and publishing (Emerson College); executive director, The Crisis (NAACP Journal)
www.therealjabariasim.com  

Grant Barrett – lexicographer (specializing in slang & new words), dictionary editor, public speaker, radio host of ‘A Way With Words’
www.grantbarrett.com

Loretta Claiborne - self-advocate; motivational speaker; Special Olympics athlete, global speaker, and Board of Directors member
http://www.lorettaclaiborne.com/

David Egan - self-advocate; motivational speaker; activist; Joseph P. Kennedy Fellow; Special Olympics World Games 2015 ambassador and athlete
http://davideganadvocacy.com/
http://www.fhsview.com/archive/2014/09/25/david-egan-a-beacon-of-hope-for-those-with-down-syndrome/

Jill Eglé - self-advocate; motivational speaker; (former) co-director, ARC of Northern Virginia; change agent in Virginia “R-Word” bill which helped lead to Rosa’s Law
www.jillegle.com
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/13/AR2010101302926.html

Hannah Jacobs - founder, Family Member Inc.; activist; mother of daughter w/an Intellectual Disability
www.familymemberinc.org

Cayden & Conner Long – sibling w/Cerebral Palsy & sibling advocate; triathlon competitors; Sports Illustrated Sports Kids of the Year 2012
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Lax4zFFoA
www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/24/conner-long-cayden-long-playground_n_5199813.html

Rosa & Nick, Gigi & Maddie Marcellino – sibling w/Down Syndrome & sibling advocates and change agents for r-word terminology in Maryland state law; namesake of Rosa’s Law 
www.specialolympics.org/Regions/north-america/News-and-Stories/Stories/Rosa-s-Law.aspx
www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/s2781

John C. McGinley - actor (Scrubs, Ground Floor); activist; ambassador, Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign; father of son w/Down Syndrome
www.imdb.com/name/nm0001525/
www.huffingtonpost.com/john-c-mcginley/what-really-happens-when-you- use-the-r-word_b_4896444.html 
www.huffingtonpost.com/john-c-mcginley/spread-the-word-to-end- th_b_483157.html 

Jason Newbury & Jenni Newbury Ross – sibling w/Down Syndrome & sibling advocate and co-founder, Pals Programs
www.palsprograms.org/
http://meredithvieirashow.com/articles/camp-pals/

Olivia & Soeren Palumbo – sibling w/Autism & sibling advocate and co-founder, Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign
www.r-word.org
www.r-word.org/r-word-video_soeren_palumbos_r-word_speech.aspx
www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-shriver-jr/they-taught-us-words-are-powerless_b_4903828.html

Lauren Potter – actress (Glee); self-advocate; activist; Special Olympics World Games 2015 ambassador
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2373670/
www.r-word.org/r-word-not-acceptable-psa.aspx
www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/02/glee-actress-lauren-potter-r- word_n_6581562.html
 
Brandy Johanson Sebera - co-author, The Uses and Implications of the Term “Retarded” on YouTube (study)
www.academia.edu/477376/The_Uses_and_Implications_of_the_Term_Re tarded_on_YouTube

Tim Shriver, PhD - chairman, Special Olympics; social leader, educator, activist, film producer, business entrepreneur www.specialolympics.org/tim_shriver.aspx  

Timbo Shriver - co-founder, Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign; chief dream director (San Francisco), The Future Project www.r-word.org
www.thefutureproject.org
www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-shriver-jr/they-taught-us-words-are-powerless_b_4903828.html

Ellen Seidman - editor; writer; mother of son w/Cerebral Palsy & Autism
www.lovethatmax.com/
www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-seidman/ 

Rachel Simon - award-winning author, Riding The Bus With My Sister; public speaker; activist; sister of sibling w/an Intellectual Disability
www.rachelsimon.com/ 

Gary Siperstein, PhD - founder & director, Center for Social Development & Education and professor, Department of Public Policy & Public Affairs - UMass Boston; director, Special Olympics/UMass Boston Global Collaborating Center (GCC); author, Sticks, stones, and stigma: a study of students’ use of the derogatory term “retard.”
www.umb.edu/csde/about/staff/gary_n._siperstein
www.pubfacts.com/author/Gary+N+Siperstein

John Franklin Stephens - self-advocate; motivational speaker; activist; Special Olympics athlete and global messenger
www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_10351963?source=infinite
https://specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/an-open-letter-to-ann-coulter/
www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/ann-coulter-retard-john-franklin- stephens-special-olympics-open-letter_n_2008538.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-franklin-stephens/how-bad-is-gary-owens-com_b_9780334.html

Julia Wilkins, PhD - co-author, The Uses and Implications of the Term “Retarded” on YouTube (study); assistant professor of education and middle level & secondary education coordinator - Presbyterian College  
www.academia.edu/477376/The_Uses_and_Implications_of_the_Term_Re tarded_on_YouTube
www.presby.edu/education/dr-julia-wilkins/