Disability Rights Organizations Across the Nation Commit to “Stop Special”

What does the pledge mean?

Individuals and organizations are invited to sign on and support the campaign in a way that feels right for them. Here are a few ideas that can make a significant difference:

  • Avoid using the term ‘special’ to refer to someone with a disability.
  • Help others understand why the use of ‘special’ can be problematic when appropriate.
  • Share information about the Stop Special campaign with others.
  • While recognizing that the term may be necessary in certain legal contexts, try to avoid referring to the individuals who receive services or benefits under those laws and policies as ‘special’.

Organizational support and commitment can help drive positive change. Many thanks to those who have already joined in this important effort.

Visit the campaign website to learn more and sign the pledge


Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with disabilities across New Hampshire. DRC is the federally designated protection and advocacy agency for New Hampshire and has authority under federal law to conduct investigations in cases of probable abuse or neglect.

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