Three Illinois schools are among those taking part in a campaign to end the use of language that is offensive to people with disabilities, taking part in classroom activities and mentoring young Special Olympics athletes to increase awareness of the issue. Educators at Parkside Elementary School -- where about one-tenth of students have special needs -- hope their school's inclusion policies have reduced the use of such language among students. "We're already on our way to a strong acceptance of children with special needs [in this school]," Parkside's principal said.

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