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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Family wants to get rid of r-word using music video

The Wright family in Wilmington is hoping a song they produced called It Starts With A Voice will help spread the national campaign for people to stop using the r-word, otherwise known as "retarded." (Source: Wright family) The Wright family in Wilmington is hoping a song they produced called It Starts With A Voice will help spread the national campaign for people to stop using the r-word, otherwise known as "retarded." (Source: Wright family)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wright family in Wilmington is hoping a song they produced called It Starts With A Voice will help spread the national campaign for people to stop using the r-word, otherwise known as "retarded."

Amy Wright wrote the song and her husband Ben recorded it.

"The song talks about how one voice makes a difference. And whether you're marginalized for having an intellectual disability, or any other reason, I think it has a universal message. We need to accept each other for our differences," said Amy Wright.

The Wrights have two children—Beau, 7, and Jane Adeline, 3—who have Down syndrome. They believe many people throw the r-word around without realizing that it's offensive.

"I used to go to a private school and kids used to always say the r-word this or the r-word that," said Lillie Wright, the family's oldest daughter.

"I don't like it because my brother and sister are so special to me, and when people say it, it just takes away everything they are," said Emma Grace Wright.

The song can be downloaded on iTunes for 99 cents.

At their home on Monday, the family shot a music video with Life Stage FILMS to go along with the song. The video will be on YouTube soon.

Back in June, the Wrights had a benefit concert and raised nearly $8,000. On Wednesday, they plan to donate the money to the Special Olympics.

They will travel to Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday to watch Ben Wright perform the song at the APSE National Conference. The family plans to attend three different conferences this summer.

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