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Our View: Making our community a better place

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT

The Show You Care Kane referendum effort – which sought to raise funds to help people with developmental disabilities – may have failed during last month’s primary election. But other, unrelated endeavors to better the lives of individuals with disabilities continue.

Take for example the recent effort by Marklund, a nonprofit organization that serves those with serious developmental disabilities and special health care needs, to “Spread the Word to End the Word.”

People visiting Marklund were invited March 26 to sign their name to the cause to fight casual use of “the R word” – a derogatory term that once was considered more acceptable as a way to describe those with disabilities.

Advocating to stop use of the word, which some individuals use intentionally in a mean-spirited way, is admirable. As is another effort to help disabled people that recently was recognized in Maple Park.

There, the Maple Park Police Department was honored for placing first in Illinois in a fundraising effort for the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. According to www.specialolympics.org, the mission of Special Olympics is to provide athletic training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Although the Maple Park Police Department has a small staff of seven – only one of which works full time – it still was able to beat out bigger departments in the state when it came to fundraising for the Torch Run.

Kudos to Maple Park police and to Marklund for taking the time to help those with disabilities. Such efforts truly make our community a better place to live.

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