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My Pledge

Number of Pledges : 1056

“I pledge to live Beyond The Label by seeing the person, not the disability.”


my cousin was downsyendrome!

mary withers, monticello | USA

Because from the time I was young I've lived with a label and I know how much it hurts when someone makes that remark. I myself have made the mistake of labeling and it's time for everyone to stop and become loving individuals. For every one of us is wonderful in their own special way, we all need to see this

Christine , Daytona Beach Florida | USA

I can sympathize with people

Randi, Markham | Canada

Because I personally know people who are in a similar situation.

Aakash, Markham | Canada

Because well all have gifts we need to share with the world. We must must create opportunities for each other.

Irene , Markham | Canada

My son who is 16 has autism and a developmental delay.

Lynn Rhodes, Perth | Western australia

Make a difference

Denise Stathakis, Howell | United States

Make a difference

Denise Stathakis, Howell | United States

Make a difference. .

Denise Stathakis, Howell | United States

I have a daughter who is 18 yrs old with downs and im her advocate i also am raising another with downs and autism whose 23 and ive had to fight for everything they have and are entitled to it hasnt been easy but i will never stop advocating for my kids everywhere.thank u

Shirley lopez, Bronx ny | Usa

I know and believe we are all created in God's image.

Lolade Bassey, Lagos | Nigeria

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by overcoming the stigma of mental illness.

Jason D, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by educating my clients about btl.

Emily Carreiro, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by seeing people not the labels society puts on them. #Disablethelabel P.S. I love the video!

Uzo A, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by "calling out" those who use labels and suggesting language change.

Monica, Toronto | Canada

It is imperative that individuals are seen as more than just their medical diagnoses. They are much more than that and we must embrace this.

Connie Rong, Markham | Canada

My uncle, who is both deaf and mute, gets stigmatized and stereotyped alot. People do not really see "him" they only see his disability and his "Label". He's a great person and I want more people to get to know him like my family and I d o which is why I want people to be able to see beyond the label.

Mary Neil Avergonzado, Scarborough | Canada

Labels destroy people. We deserve more than labels and should be respected as our own unique individual self.

Ashley Jose, Markham | Canada

This is very important. Many people are labeled because of a disability, because of their race or ethnicity, because of how they look or act. But we all carry a label of some kind and we need to start seeing the person for who they are, seeing them beyond the label.

Katherine McManus, Schomberg | Canada

I think this is important to me I would rather get a label that I worked hard to get; not a label that was given to me because of the way I am. When I say I want a label that I worked hard for, I mean like a job title. Getting the title of auntie or uncle is a label I would appreciate more than "stupid" or "Jock".

Aquila Brown, Mississauga | Canada

because i used to be label by buillies telling me im a nerd,ugly and weird.

Natalie Mallari, Don Mills Road | Toronto,Ontario

Everyone is beautiful in their own way

Prisca, Mississauga | Canada

Respect from all and for all! As well, the freedom to live life to the fullest. We are entitled to both. Robert

Robert Vallee, MARKHAM | Canada

Important to raise awareness for inclusivity to make everyone feel special!

Ramindia B, Toronto | Canada

There is not enough education and emphasis on physical and mental health and although we see it increasing it is still insufficient.

Ying Huang, Markham | Canada

Labels are not the person. We should not loom at label to define a person.

Aaron Somoza, Toronto | Canada

I work with youth who have been diagnosed with some sort of disability. This is important to me because I am constantly educating others what it means to have a disability and that they are not defined by what's defining them. They have potential to fulfill dreams and be successful just like you and I.

Sara Taylor, Napanee | Canada

Because I want to make a difference

Alisha sharma, Markham | Canada

My daughter was recently born with downs syndrome and want her to be treated and have the same opportunity as others

Jessica holguin, Glendale | United states

Nobody should have labels. My daughter has Downs Syndrome and that does not define her it's just part of her

Wendy Calvert, Stockport | Uk

I believe that everyone should be treated equally & without judgements. We are all unique in our own ways and it's important to focus on people's strengths rather than weaknesses.

Ksenya Kombarov, Bradford | Canada

We are all equal and have to learn to appreciate everyone's differences, because we all are special in our own way.

Saipiriya Sridaran, Markham | Canada

Labels Suck!
Everyone is unique and deserves to be treated as the the person they are and not the label the people give them.

Shimirma Samillano, Markham | Canada

I do not believe that any individual should be labelled and along with the expectations, limitations and assumptions that accompany them.

Sam Memme, Toronto | Canada

This is important to me because I was denied access to education in high school. I was shunned and segregated . It hurts to be cast out.

Darell Brooks, Cody | United States

This is important to me and my adult artistic son he will be turning 20 on the 6 of this month February, he is a very handsome young man, people always say he don't look like he has autism, but how do you look like you have autism,I would like for people to understand that autism has no certain kind of look, my son is lovelbul and kind that's all they need to see and know. Mrs McClendon.

Patricia McClendon, Mableton GA | United States

This is important to me and my adult artistic son he will be turning 20 on the 6 of this month February, he is a very handsome young man, people always say he don't look like he has autism, but house do you look like you have autism,I would like for people to understand that autism has no certain kind of look, my son is lovelbul and kind that's all they need to see and know. Mrs McClendon.

Patricia McClendon, Mableton GA | United States

As a mother of a 13y.o boy into autism spectrum,I do not want anybody to label my child or no other child with the dissabilty.
I have to defend my child and any other individual,who is different but not less than others.
There is a long way(especially in Greece)for
equality for the people with dissabilities.I want nobody to put them aside!

TSABIKA THARRENOU, Ialysos,Rhodes island. | GREECE

My little Brother was born with DS
I have seen how words hurt his heart and make him feel like a sub human
He is my hero and i am so inspired by him and all he has overcome My brother means the world to me ❤
And i will always have his back

Jodi Rogers , Geelong | Australia

My grandson, whom we have custody of has ASD, as well as Sensory Processing Disorders. The town we are in seems to look down on this. They won't even allow us to put a sign to notify drivers there is an Autistic child on this street because he is a runner sometimes. I wish they would educate themselves and learn he is NOT retarded as quite a few has said about him.

Virginia Scallions, (right now) mammoth Spring, AR | USA

My son has a.s.d. and is very intellgent, but his anxouity levels makes it diffcult for him 2 speak out 2 people. He knew his abc by the age of 2. But i remember being asked when he started school (age 4) if he could even put a 3 worded sentence togther. He always gets left behide due 2 glhis a.s d

Kerry simmons, Margate | Kent

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

My son age 44 also has Down Syndrome. I've had all these years to k ow the joy and wonder of raising a child and seeing the accomplishments. But even if he never learned a thing he would still be priceless and wonderful, a gift from God!

Donna Aalbers, Desmoines | USA

I have devoted my life to teaching and working with Autistic individuals, since 1965. It is my passion , this is my journey.

Irene Bellot, Sonoma,California | United States of America

Because my son has DS and HE is special and unique in his own ways. just like any other child I believe he views nothing but the good parts of life and the world and people.I really believe God put it them here to teach us not the other way around. so blessed to have a real angel from God in our family ?

Elisha adames, Bakersfield California | USA

This is important to me because of my beautiful, creative, kind hearted, and loving little girl that means everything to me. She is Autistic. I always say her diagnosis does not define her. So many would hear me say she is Autistic and automatically say "oh, I'm sorry", and I would tell them no need to be sorry because my daughter is awesome. She is blazing her own path and that is just fine with me if it does not fit the so called norm. This pledge is important to me because I already felt we we're all equal but after having her my commitment to my thought is even stronger. I see the looks that kids and people give my daughter and I am so happy that she has no idea what those looks mean. No person with a disability should have to feel as they are less. One day we all will see just the person and not the diagnosis and one day we all won't have to deal with this at all.

Asia Lee, San Francisco | USA

I don't believe in labels for anyone. GOD created us ALL equal!

Chrissy Mattox, Gardendale | USA

My child is on the spectrum, and I'm pretty sure I am as well.

Lynda Land, Lakewood | United States

I am a children's fashion photographer, and this is something I hope to teach my own child as well as the hundreds of children that I am blessed to photograph.

Alisha Allie Barrow, Texarkana AR | USA

I have a 9 year lodge daughter with downs

John cre, Lisburn | Northern Ireland

I work with Special Needs students (12-18 year olds) & what all my students have given me over the years is far more than I could ever give them. Truly blessed to have these beautiful people in my life. Passionate about celebrating their endless abilities.

Megan Goodhew, Perth | Australia ??

My daughter can do anything she wants to do, no matter if it's in her own time! I'll support her all the way

Samantha platts, Nottingham | U.K.

I am pledging because I would like to help bring awareness to people about their labelling and that it is hurtful, judgemental and narrow minded. People need to realize that it is not cool and everyone should be kind and accepting of each other's differences. I am passionate about embracing diversity and would like to help spread the word.
I have/had members of my family with mental illness and disabilities and this is a cause that I support.

Patti Spero, Bolton | Canada

I am pledging because I would like to help bring awareness to people about their labelling and that it is hurtful, judgemental and narrow minded. People need to realize that it is not cool and everyone should be kind and accepting of each other's differences. I am passionate about embracing diversity and would like to help spread the word.
I have/had members of my family with mental illness and disabilities and this is a cause that I support.

Patti Spero, Bolton | Canada

I have a grandson with Down Syndrome and couldn't love him any more

Linda , Sandwich | USA

Because labels stick. We dont realize how powerful our words are and how they can affect people. We need to educate ourselves ans increase our knowledge to avoid discrimination and the negative stigma around mental health.

Kiran Khalid, Brampton | Canada

i am going to school to become a social worker, so this is very important to me. i currently work with young adults with intellectual disabilities and i tell them this daily.

kristin , keswick | ontario

I've always felt like when I was labelled, it stopped other people from seeing anything more about me, because the label told them all that anyone needed to know. A lot of people I know feel pressured to live up to their labels, or feel like they can never surpass them. I think to live out this pledge, is to change myself and the way I see and build relationships with others.

Megan, Markham | Canada

Having two grandaughters with autism has. Opened my eyes to "labels" we could do without them! All people, typical and. Special needs are amazing!! Everyday I learn something new from my granddaughters!! These little girls are so brilliant, so happy... the absolute love of my life!!

kim, new dundee | ontario

I raise my kids to see others as their equal. It's important to me that my children see their worth beyond the picture that society paints for them. They are who they choose to be.

Tara, Oshawa | Canada

This is important to me because everyday people with developmental disabilities are forever being labelled when they are just any regular human being. Also this is important to me because people get more insight on what BTL stands for and also helps people from being ignorant and see them for what they are instead of seeing them for the label/stereotype that they have been given by society.

Chantelle, Markham | Canada

The characteristic of humans of having pre-determined labels put on others the moment we hear or of them or lay eyes on them, is something the public needs to consistently work on to overcome. We can do better than this, and we all deserve deserve better than this.

Afrida Chowdhury , Richmond Hill | Canada

As a Registered Practical Nurse and as a student I hear many people labeling other people. Therefore, I am taking the pledge to live Beyond The Label by educating my friends, family, colleagues, and other people, what label is and how it affects the person being labeled.

Viraj Kiran Patel, Markham | Canada

Allows people to live their lives more freely.

Albert Luu, Markham | Canada

I believe all people, differently abled or otherwise, should be treated the same. We are all the same species, and we all have potential.

Dhiren Pooran , Markham | Canada

I think everyone is much more than the label they are associate with - everyone is their own unique individual who can not be categorized - this is very important to me and should be important to the world

Suji, Toronto | Country

Labels are one of the worst things to have in society, it draws lines between people which splits them up. Most of the labels are inaccurate but when someone gets labeled as a certain thing, it's probably that they will be stuck with it. I personally hate labeling myself as anything,whether it be bad or good.

Sujaane, Scarborough | Canada

This is important to me because I have grown up trying to follow people and their expectations. These labels really affected my choices and my mindset as a child and really held me back from things just because I felt uncapable of things. I want to make this pledge so that everyone will not have to feel the same way as I did as a child.

Marsha , Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I cant stand when others are judged, mistreated or made fun of just because of their looks, their actions or simply who they are. I will not be confined by my own labels as I know, I am more than just a word given by others. I am who I am, and others need to understand that as well.

irisa chau, markham | canada

You don't judge a book by its cover, but we tend to do that over and over again, sometimes not even by choice but by instinct. That kind of bias is no good in one way or another. I want to be blind, color blind, gender blind, disability blind, and I think the world would be a better place if everyone else were too.

Jessica Xia, Richmond Hill | Canada

It is important to never judge and categorize people based on what you think you see. It is also important to empower one another to live positive and independent lives and improve ourselves in our everyday life to reduce labeling.

Ashley R. A., Vaughan | Canada

A big believer in Anti-Oppression and Strength based models which are both represented through this wonderful advocacy campaign! Allowing individuals with developmental disabilities to not be held back by their disability, and live fully inclusive lives within their communities is important to me. Raising awareness within the local community can only help educate people on the many great abilities of these individuals and I'm proud to take the pledge to, "Live Beyond The Label"

Kyle Graves, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by advocating and educating the general population about persons with disabilities.

Vinoka Kannan , Markham | Canada

Taking the pledge is important to me because I understand that having a disability is a hard experience for many people. I may not have been stigmatized but I have had my own experience of being treated in an odd way for personal reasons. I pledge to live Beyond The Label by assisting people with developmental disabilities with patience and understanding. I will continue to treat them as individuals with respect.

Krisha Manalili, Markham | Canada

Living beyond the label is meaningful to me because when I was younger in elementery school one of my very good friends had Asperger syndrome and he had a really hard time fitting in. however over the years it became easier for him to be himself and show people his personality and interests as our peers started to live "Beyond The Label".

John Vito , Richmond Hill | Canada

My son has autism.

Joelle Griffith , Canyon Lake | United States

It is important that people become accepting towards people with disabilities and help empower this population. A society that is built on understanding and acceptance is ultimately the kind of society that we should strive for.

Haania Warsi, Markham | Canada

I pledge to Live Beyond the Label by advocating WITH individuals who live with a developmental disability. The saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" that everyone learns when they are children, is often forgotten, and needs to be reintroduced.

Julia Spero, Bolton | Canada

Labels can be damaging and hurtful. As someone who was bullied as a child, living BTL applies to more than just to those with developmental disabilities. It's important to be accepting.

Sam Barrett, Richmond Hill | Canada

Lables are disabling!

Miranda Mamorno, Pickering | Canada

This is important to me because there are so many people in the world that aren't given a chance and not taken seriously due to various stereotypes given. People often will look at a person then decide based off that whether they "deserve" their time or not - this is wrong, and I believe not enough people see how. I believe everyone deserves a chance to be really known for who they are.

Asiya Dinani, Markham | Canada

I believe that people with disabilities should have opportunity to live their full potential.

Melodie Ireland , Toronto | Canada

Brock is my grandson and he is autistic.

Peggy Martin, Ogdensburg | United States

All children are special and everyone deserves to be treated the same and given the same chances in life no matter what .

Ann hall, Caloundra | Anustralia

I have a beautiful grandson who is on the autism spectrum. I don't want him to be defined by his disability. His disability is what makes him unique.

Terri K Schold, Belfair | usa

My 8 year old nephew, Michael, is an amazing, smart, funny, loveable child and he's on the autism spectrum. Michael has taught me so much. My hope is that Michael continues to always live life to his fullest potential❤️❤️?

Wendy Casavant, Goffstown NH | USA

I think that it's important to break the stigma of labels because if we label someone it's hard for them to break it once we label. If we just label them we as society won't see their true potential unless we let them like this presentation showed us.

Erinn, Toronto | Canada

I feel it is important because, working with children I want them to be able to experience and live life to the fullest and not be constricted in any way.

Celine , Toronto | Canada

I feel you are doing an amazing job in sending your message out there!

Hazel, Toronto | Canada

It is what I strongly believe in

Alexandria Severin, Barrie | Canada

I want people to realize a label is just a label and what really matters is the personality of the person not the disability.

Koula Papadatos, Markham | Canada

I believe that everyone should have the right to be treated equally. I love how this program looks at the strengths of the members and not their disabilities.

Christine, Bradford | Canada

I believe that ever person in the world deserve the very best quality of life. Everyone should be able to live their life to the fullest.

Michelle Petricone, King City | Canada

I took the pledge because I believe that there is not one single characteristic that defines each individual. With labels come expectations. People are then judged based on whether or not they meet those expectations. No one should have to undergo that kind of pressure. Just be yourself and love who you are.

Put labels on food, not on people.

ioana olteanu, RICHMOND HILL | Canada

This is important to me as someone going into the field of child care because labels can hinder people from getting to know the child based on who they are. This summer I worked with a nonverbal child and we created a bond that I have never had with a child before. He was always coming to me when he was happy or sad or needed comfort. That connection made me further understand that getting to know children beyond the label is most important.

Nicole Davidson, Newmarket | Canada

This is important to me because in our world today it is crucial to be nonjudgmental and remove our biases about people. People are so quick to judge without actually getting to know someone, so I would love to take the pledge by seeing the person, not the disability and living beyond the label.

Radhika Sharma, Brampton | Canada

There's more to everyone than what we see!

Dilan, Woodbridge | Canada

A lot of people first judge others by their physical appearance and put a label of them automatically without even getting to know the person. A person is a lot more than what they look like or what they do. And that is very important to me! Getting to know someone first and without judgement.

Chantal, Newmarket | Canada

I have a learning disability. My focus that I want to bring to teaching is on identifying and helping children with LDs. I have worked with many children with disabilities and this is a field I want to continue to have a presence in.

I will live beyond the label by being aware of what I am hearing and saying and seeing everyone as a person first.

Daniel Goodman, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label because, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Labels don't define someone from whom they are. Each person is unique and are capable of more doing more than we can imagine.

Natalie Ventrella, Richmond Hill | Canada

I have 2 kids with special needs and I don't want labels to define them

Daniel Mathewson, Jacksons point | Canada

My daughter has Down's Syndrome.

Kelley Tews, Denton TX | USA

People do not have to conform to stereotypes. Labels are for jars, not people.

Sabrina Gardiner, London | England

I am a 69-year-old man on the autism spectrum. I have managed to lead a very full and happy life despite my seeming limitations. I want all parents and teachers to see the potential in kids with autism today that my parents and teachers saw in me -- even though they had no diagnosis to guide them.

Charles R. Gies, Charlotte, NC | USA

My own wife is an M S sufferer and has been disabled for quite sometime and I have to fight with everybody in every Government department just to get the barest of things that she should have as of right. It's tough on her and on me but how dare I complain.

Michael Kirk , Dublin | Ireland

I have and raise two boys on the spectrum and wo UK wouldn't like to be told they cant to what is clear they can.

Jackqueline , kent | UK

I have 3 sons and they've all been labeled either asd or adhd. Labels are only good for health insurance purposes. Let's look at the world and people in it beyond the label...

Tanya Carroll, Morgan Hill | USA

Autistic son 16 struggling with being different . Can't make nba maby a towel boy he says after his coach bullied him

Joanne Rioux, Plymouth | Massachusets

My aunt had down syndrome and it is important to me that people saw her for more than just her diagnosis.

Jessica Gillis, Pickering | Canada

I have a disability myself. I would love to live independently one day. I want to change society's negative attitude towards people with disabilities. I don't want people to look at me and see a set of limitations. I want them to look at me and see a person who is strong and resourceful. I want society to view all people with disabilities that way.

Grace Trumpower, Fort Mill | USA

because God created all of us in his perfect image... Everyone is beautiful in there own way 🙂

Marilyn , Toronto | Canada

It's important to me because everyone is different just because u have a label put on u doesn't mean u should b treated differently. Let's treat everyone the same. Would u want to b treated differently if u had a label put on u ? I wouldn't...

Rick. Keller, Amelia | United States

Being 'no thing' makes me everything. And I want people to see humans instead of products

Joel Bennett, Hamilton | New Zealand

I have children with disabilities and I want the world to see them as people first. Beyond the label is exactly how we live as a family

Lisa Spencer , Jacksons point | Canada

Everyone is unique and special in their own way and I believe that we should celebrate our differences as opposed to putting them down.

Ana Smith, Markham | Canada

As people have labels attached thing sad my son is autistic

Carrie pilkington , Andover | Uk

I have a 5 1/2 year old grand daughter with autism. She has to wear her green hoodie everyday or has a meltdown.

Betty Kinney, Roseville, Ohio | United States

I don't think anyone should be labeled!!I love Everyone!!!!

Barbara J Brown, Annapolis, | USA

for my beloved grandson

mary hanna, algonac | usa

My son has autism and is very low on the spectrum---can't talk and has difficulty learning, needs 24/7 care. He looks like any other kid though and I often have to interpret his actions or expressions for people. His early schooling was traumatic and we had to move our family to another State to escape an abusive school system, and had to advocate constantly that physical restraints were not an option and unacceptable to use on children who can't talk and have difficulty processing information.
The caring for Bowen is less stressful than dealing with the screwed up ideas others have about Bowen, without even knowing him or living with a disability themselves. It would be great if people saw and approached every person as a person first and foremost.
Bless you

Betty Grondin-Jose , Marlow NH | Cheshire

My son has autism and is very low on the spectrum---can't talk and has difficulty learning, needs 24/7 care. He looks like any other kid though and I often have to interpret his actions or expressions for people. His early schooling was traumatic and we had to move our family to another State to escape an abusive school system, and had to advocate constantly that physical restraints were not an option and unacceptable to use on children who can't talk and have difficulty processing information.
The caring for Bowen is less stressful than dealing with the screwed up ideas others have about Bowen, without even knowing him or living with a disability themselves. It would be great if people saw and approached every person as a person first and foremost.
Bless you

Betty Grondin-Jose , Marlow NH | Cheshire

Mark Howard, Richmond | USA

Because disabled people have abilities

sean gill, Celbridge | ireland

My sister, who had Down Syndrome, was discriminated against for a heart/lung transplant that would have saved her life.

Lawaun, Warren | USA

We all have unique gifts to share, let's not put labels on anyone❤️

Teresa, South San Francisco | United States

Because I refuse to be stereotyped

Carla Andrews, Maroubra | Australia

I am a sole parent carer for my so,e with downs syndrome,i hear a lot of shiny inspirational things around intellectual disability...but the lived reality is we dont live in a inclusive
Society..behind the hype and bs...its been one long fight with so much discrimination..institutilised segregation..hes great ..hes not the problem ...weve forged a life for him...but as for the claims of the world that interacts with him....poor very poor

mick green, mandurah | australia

We are all individuals.

linda cain, letchworth | UK

My 17yo son Keoni has autism. He has his complex needs for sure but he's also friendly, caring, cheeky, good humoured and loving - in his own unique way. He has a zest for life that has always been inspiring. I just want the world to see all the wonderous things, the way that those closest to him, do.

Desta Millett, London | England

Everyone needs to be treated Ann's loved equally

carol pyatwnko, Brighton | usa

❤❤

Carol, Brighton | michigan2

Love everyone..,.without labels!! ❤

Carol, brightin | usa

Because we're all different but special in our own way. No one is perfect and being not "normal" is awesome because we need a variety in this crazy world that we're all apart of.

Marketa, Milwaukee | USA

Because we're all different but special in our own way. No one is perfect and being not "normal" is awesome because we need a variety in this crazy world that we're all apart of.

Marketa, Milwaukee | USA

I have been a special needs school bus driver for 13 yrs. I see daily the struggle my kiddos go through with their own limitations. It hard enough to get through a day when you have limitations. It makes it even harder when people put labels, expectations and assumptions onto others. See the person, NOT the disability! Compliment NOT criticize!

Pam Goloback, Adrian, MI | USA

Label's don't define me!
I'm a MMA fighter - that defines me - people told me I couldn't do MMA because I have DS - well I proved them wrong - I'm a MMA fighter with a 1-1 record - find out more at www.garrettsfight.org

Garrett Holeve, Cooper City | United States

We are much more than our labels! Labels are names that other people impose on us. We are individuals that are capable of anything! Please love each other and support each other and let's be the wind beneath each other's wings❤

Karen Macdonald, Ajax | Canada

We are much more than our labels! Labels are names that other people impose on us. We are individuals that are capable of anything! Please love each other and support each other and let's be the wind beneath each other's wings❤

Karen Macdonald, Ajax | Canada

remind me not to label anyone as i do not want to be labeled. tq

kalyani kasinathan, penang | malaysia

Living Beyond The Label is important to me because I believe it is important to have a more inclusive community.

Taejah Morgan , Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being an awesome person and being different than how my haters see me.

Sarah Zelifan, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being myself and accepting others as they are.

Victoria Wang, thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone equally regardless of who they are, even if they have a disability.

Cara, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by donating to charity.

Ben, toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by understanding others better

Jastin, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by stepping out of my comfort zone.

Gloria Qin, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating people equally.

Tobiah Ng, Richmond Hill | Canada

This is important to me because we are all labelled, especially those with disabilities. I work with individuals experiencing developmental disabilities and mental health issues and they are one of the groups that are most heavily labelled amongst society.

Alissa Occhiogrosso, Newmarket | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by allowing folks to tell and show me who they are.

Shane, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being an ally.

Fereshteh Samenipour, Aurora | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by always engaging in critical thinking.

Abdul, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being non-judgmental and unbias.

Shazna, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being aware of my language and social issues.

Leno, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being myself.

Tsitra, Toronto | Canada

I will live Beyond the Label in my own country by wearing my tshirt to school and talking to people about what it means.

Daniel Dourado, Juazeiro | Brazil

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting everyone as they are.

Sandy, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by learning not to say harsh words.

Laura Grodziaki, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging others.

Gianluca Fortini, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating others as equals.

Will, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not putting down others.

Nino, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people.

Christina Giovannoni, Woodbirdge | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by trying to look past my perception of others

ben, woodbridge | canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by eliminating negative words from my vocabulary

Alessia C, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by understanding that everyone is different and unique in their own way and they should not be judged

Jessica, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not assuming someones character by their appearance.

Patricia Espiu Jorado, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by advocating on behalf of those who cannot advocate for themselves

ursula stolf , woodbridge | canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by thinking about how my words may affect others

cassandra, woodbridge | canada

destroying stereotypes

lucas filice, woodbridge | canada

stop using stereotypes

rachael cauchi, woodbridge | canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by thinking twice before labeling

Christina, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by destroying labels

Olivia, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by spreading awareness about the Beyond the Label cause.

Julian Cardillo, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by spreading awareness

Nimp, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people based on their abilities and/or disabilities.

Precious, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people based on their appearance.

Fortune, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not using the word retarded.

Jacklyn, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not using offensive words not knowing the correct meaning.

Leandro, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging others based on their appearance.

Michael, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not using the word "retard"

Kevin, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting everyone.

Victoria, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being open minded

Ivan, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by standing up for others.

Alex, Woodbridge | Canada

|pledge to live Beyond the Label by being mindful of what is being said about others.

Tatiana Ramirez, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging others.

Alessia , Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by not labeling anyone.

Analisa, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people because of the way they look

Julia, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by respecting others

Ana Poirier, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by seeing the person for who they really are.

talia, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by eliminating labels.

Cynthis, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being more accepting of others.

Vanessa, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone equally.

Patrycia, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging anyone.

Kanisya, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging someone by their appearance.

Milena, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging.

Xavier Terenzio, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging.

Daniel, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by loving everyone.

Katherine, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting people, not taking into consideration their physical flaws.

Matthew Garcia, Wodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting everyone and not judging.

Maria, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging others before I get to know them.

Sophia, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people by how they look.

Julia, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not judging someone based on their appearances.

Elizabeth, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting people despite their flaws and differences.

Erblin Hysi, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging others.

Alessia, Woodbridge | Canada

People are more than just a label!!

Karen MacDonald, Ajax, Ontario | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not labeling others.

Matthew K , Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not using stereotyped.

Tiffany, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone equally as people are fully capable no matter their situation.

Alina Temneno, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not being prejudice.

Erika, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by using my voice.

Celine, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone equally as numbers.

Christine, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not using the "h" word and the "r" word.

Merna , Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting all people regardless of stereotypes and abilities.

Marc, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being kind

Gaby C, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by breaking stereotypes.

Ashor, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by breaking stereotypes.

Adam Fuorivia, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by breaking stereotypes.

Nicolas Iaboni, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not being rude and accepting people the way they are.

Jessica DaSilva, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by stop bullying.

Bianca Soares, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by standing up for others.

Monique Cheong, Maple | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not labeling anyone and avoiding stereotypes.

Gianni Provenzano, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not discriminating.

Matthew Speciale, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by looking past the label people give others.

Alexandra De Cois, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not supporting stereotypes.

Monika, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label byy not discriminating against anyone.

Daniella, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting everyone equally.

Isaiah, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by taking the time to know the person before resorting to stereotypes.

Jade Araya, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting all regardless of differences.

Sam Servello, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by always having an open mind and heart <3

Vanessa Albanese, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by ensuring that everybody is beautiful. We can all contribute to society in an amazing way.

Rose Mohi, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone as humans.

Christian Vargas, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not discriminating.

Ninor Youkhanis, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by supporting individuality.

Vivian Appia, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by supporting individuality.

Vivian Appia, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by supporting individuality.

Vivian Appia, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by simply saying "hello"

Alexus Morey, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by talking to someone before I make judgements.

Karin Singh, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by choosing my words wisely.

Magdalena Rudiak, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by choosing my words wisely.

Magdalena Rudiak, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by choosing my words wisely.

Magdalena Rudiak, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not being prejudice towards anyone.

Sumerina, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being accepting of everyone no matter what race, health, etc..

Christian Rodriguez, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by seeing everyone as a human being and not label.

Ankido Jaju, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by seeing everyone as a human being and not label.

Ankido Jaju, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by seeing everyone as a human being and not label.

Ankido Jaju, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by using my voice.

Celine, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by steering away from stereotypes.

Erin Ellistan, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting others.

Mimi, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by never judging people.

Michael Jingoi, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by standing up to bullying.

Richard, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone equally.

David, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by knowing that everyone has value simply for being humam.

Srosh, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treatig everyone equally.

Lesya, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being less judgemental.

Smran Dass, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging others!

Carla, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by thinking before I speak.

Stephanie, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not using labels.

Alexandra Covriga, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being less judgemental 🙂

Avery Magisano, Vaughan | Canada

`I pledge to live Beyond the Label by believing in everyones abilities.

Christian Grillo, Woodbridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not labeling people.

Michael Acocalla, Woodbridge | Canada

For everyone to see the ability in human beings and not the disability.

Tamara, Barrie | Canada

Everyone deserves to be a respected human we all are not a like, thats what makes the world so diverse. We each bring different skills, attributes to the table each one of us belongs and is important

RebeccaToth, Collingwood | Canada

To judge people for who they are not what they are.

Tony, Markham | Canada

This is something that I cannot ignore without regret.

Hamza khan, Markham | Canada

Because it is important to raise awareness about the equality of all individuals.

Jordan, Stouffville | Canada

this is important to me because I want the people living with disabilities to understand that they are not restricted to the essential activities in life.

Bravin, Markham | Canada

Because I judge people by who they are, not what they are.

Christopher Zaremba, Markham | Canada

Create awareness of recognizing the ability in a person rather than the disability

Vishal Rajan, Markham | Canada

I will take the pledge to live beyond he label by saying that some people "live with" a disability rather than "have" it.

Dev, Markham | Canada

I want to live beyond the misuse of language that happens so often.

Candice , Mississauga | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting and being kind to others.

Roberta, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by caring less about appearances.

Mena, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by listening to my friends.

Jenny, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nice to others.

Tiauna, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by promoting equality

Kira Efford, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging anybody.

Koby, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating others the way I would treat myself.

Ivana , Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being the best person I can be.

Gabriela C, Markham | Canada

To have everyone be equal, and have the same opportunities.

Brandon Br, Richmond Hill | Canada

Because you must see the whole person and not the diagnosis

Kristen, Markham | Canada

My career has focused on supporting people with meeting their full potential. Labels hold people back and it's time we look past them.

Phillip Jang, Richmond hill | Canada

everyone deserves to be treated equally. Everyone is different in their own way. Spread the word, and spread the love.

Brianna, Milton | Ontario

Because a disability doesn't define someone.

Nicholas Ward, Sutton West | Canada

It is important to realize that we are all individuals, and not our labels are not what define us. Everyone is their own unique person, and not their stigma

Sydney Haden , Keswick | Canada

I will look at everyone as equal, all have opportunities and assurance

Danielle Drysdale, Richmond hill | Canada

Everyone is equal

Jenna Davis, King city | Canada

These stigmas of labling people are not what we need when people hear a label that person seems to lose rights we need to gix the problem not lable it

Lorne cunningham, Newmarket | Canada

Because discrimination needs to end to have everyone treated fairly

Bryn Jennings, Toronto | Canada

Equality for everyone

Yasmin Singh Gill, Bolton | Canada

I pledge to stand up for the cause and lead by example

Kyle, Midland | Canada

I pledge to change the language used around me when talking and correcting the language of others

Jessica Tran, Newmarket | Canada

I advocate for change by being advocate for ability and not disability

Melvi Carballo, Newmarket | Canada

I am an advocate for positive social change an I am a firm believer of equality for all.

Bryan Noble, Stouffville | Canada

I pledge to look at an individual's ability and not their disability.

Miranda Bachheta, Aurora | Canada

Because I want to end the idea of stigma on people and to be able provide equality all around.

Karina marques, Cambridge | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by promoting equality.

Stephanie West, King City | Canada

I feel that everyone should have a chance because you are limiting their potential by saying "no you can't do this"

Aliz Sima, Newmarket | Canada

I pledge not not make assumptions based on stereotypes and appearances.

Kim Conley, Aurora | Canada

I pledge to be more aware of the language I use.

Melissa Williams , Barrie | Canada

It is important to keep an open mind and be patient for everyone, everyone deserves equal opportunities

Lacey Mackay, Newmarket | Canada

I please to advocate for equality

Brittany McDonald , Aurora | Canada

It's unfair to label people on an aspect of their character. It goes beyond judging a book by its cover, it's like judging a book on its side cover.

Austin Ford, Newmarket | Canada

Because everybody deserves a chance to be valued and participate in our society.

Hani Zakhia, Woodbridge | Ontario

It is important to look at abilities and strengths instead of disabilities.

J. Savic, Aurora | Canada

Because I work with children with complex and multiple disabilities and they mean the world to me.

Grace, Toronto | Canada

It is important to me because I have family with mental disabilities and handicaps. I want them to have the same opportunities that I have. There should be no discrimination for anyone and there shall be equal rights.

Chelsea, Collingwood | Canada

To see people for their strengths and treat each person with dignity and respect.

Bryn, Toronto | Canada

No biases. Everyone should have same opportunities

Dawn Davis, Grafton | Canada

All people have strengths, so we shouldn't stereotype and be prejudice. Also diagnosing at a early age is a problem b/c it puts limits on individuals at a early age.

Robert Arcuri, Vaughan | Canada

Everyone, every individual deserves to be !!

David Munday, Newmarket | Canada

I pledge to look beyond people's disabilities and get to know them for their strengths!

Keyanna Davis, North York | Canada

Because discrimination needs to end to have everyone be treated fairly

Taylor Gold, Keswick | Canada

To see people for who they truly are!

Sarah Beeton, Bolton | Canada

Because I believe everyone should be treated equally.

Samantha Elliott, Bradford | Ontario

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by always being patient and warm hearted to people

Doris Yam, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by doing sports and keeping healthy. Also, by being patient with those who have a disability and help them

Annie Z, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by promising to always be a peacekeeper

Sally, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping others as much as I can

Blair Bai, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by looking past everyone's imperfections.

Andrew Van Ginkel, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting and looking past differences

Daniel, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping out others.

Cyrus Ng, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by raising awareness about the issue.

Shawn, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by becoming closer with my uncle

Maxamilian, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by trying to be respectful to all.

Travis, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by listening to my mom and not taking her for granted.

Paige Wonischulz, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by washing the dishes.

Luke Edward, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not judging a person by their appearance.

Vanessa Persichitti, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by noticing the person before the stereotype.

Anam Ahmad, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by getting to know the individual and not their disabilities.

Yewan Kang, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping people who need help

Sunsan, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping them to be happy

Flora, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping more people

Elina, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping my parents as much as I can

Angie, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not being mean

Michelle Trieu, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging

Evan, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being kind, nice and helping out.

Selena, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by saving money to help give back to the community.

Nicholas, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice to everyone

Yasmine, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting everyone.

Taylor, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being myself and not being judgmental

Kalin P, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by loving myself.

Samantha, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by accepting people for who they are.

Daniel Zerunian, thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by respecting people.

Brenda, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice to the other people around me.

Nicole Huang, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by respecting everyone.

Tyler Garcos, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being an advocate for people when they are labeled.

Bryan, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by seeing the ability in individuals, not the disability.

Sayena Heidari, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not defining people based on their disability.

Nathalie, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by correcting those who use the "R' word, and also by advocating and making aware the strengths of those with disabilities and exceptionalities.

Sabrina , Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by correcting individuals when they use certain words, which could hurt or damage another individual.

Gabriella, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting each person as their own individual.

Caprie, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by challenging people who use labeling words and phrases

Michelle, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by remembering everyone is the same and treating them equally.

Nicole, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by correcting peers by not using the "R" word.

Rhamda Dintany, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by educating the general public about having awareness of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Daniel, Toronto | Canada

Beyond the label is important to me because it encourages to leap beyond the barriers and boundaries placed upon on you by dissolving the stereotypes associated with a label. No one is born with a label or bar-code attached to them and nobody deserves to be thought as only how a label describes them. Ultimately I support beyond the label because by promoting to break labels, it will also succeed in humans seeing each other as more than what the eye can see.

Danushka Bandara, Woodbridge | Canada

As someone who suffered from stigmatization, I want to do everything in my power to ensure others don't suffer. The person behind the label is more important and fascinating than the label itself.

Nofar Gluzman, Torrance | United States

To avoid identifying a person through one trait and embrace positive language discourse as promoted by the center or dreams !

Farwa syed , Richmond hill | Canada

Because it is important that everyone has an equal opportunity to live freely.

Zainab , Richmond hill | Canada

It's important to be accepting of all so we break barriers in society. Everyone should have the same opportunities in life and the first step is eliminating labels

Sumaiya Jiwan, Richmond Hill | Canada

I think its important to empower everyone we are all equal and everyone deserves to be happy

zahra syed, Richmond Hill | Canada

beacause labels are destroying

fatema, richmond hill | canada

It is important to me because I believe we should not be labelled.

Kulsoom Akbar , Markham | Canada

Living beyond the label is important to me because an individual has the right live comfortably with disabilities without feeling like they are different from the world.

vaishnavy, Toronto | Canada

I want to help every person live beyond their label.

Ian Campbell, Markham | Canada

Living beyond the label is important to me because everyone should be treated as a individual no matter of their capabilities.

Maggie O'Hearne, Toronto | Canada

This is important to me because I would like to help others not be labeled and just teach others about Beyond The Label campaign.

Joanne Rio, Bradford | Canada

It is important to me cause Labels are hurtful.

Melodie Ireland, Pickering | Canada

I choose to live beyond the label because I strongly believe in equality. I also believe that everybody has the right to be treated fairly and with respect and that everybody has a purpose.

Lily Ann Bourré , Toronto | Canada

Because everyone matters, everyone can make a difference in this world, everyone needs to be treated with respect when they can empower the world!

Nancy Hutchinson The Alpaca Lady, Enniskillen | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone equally and will not tolerate bullying.

Rachelle Tuazon, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating all people with respect.

Benita , Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting and accepting everyone.

Kenalin B, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting others.

Mayoori, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting everyone no matter how they look.

Jessy Quizan, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging someone based on their appearance.

Kristen Lee, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by never judging and loving everyone.

Nabeeha Barg, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by stop labeling people by their experiences.

Cherilyn Chung, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label stop labeling people by how they look.

Jennifer D'Almeida, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not labelling people for what they can't do.

Kristy Cheung, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respectfully treating others and not judging others based on their looks.

Jocelyn Chung, Markham | Canada

I won't judge people by their appearances or disabilities.

Angelyn Alexander, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting everyone and not judging their disabilities.

Kaitlyn, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by sopping to say inappropriate slurs.

Mark Dizon, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting everyone for who they are.

Bethany Loshusan, Scarborough | Canada

Not judging others based on their abilities.

Kathy Hvana, Markham | Canada

I will respect those who have disabilities and understand their talents.

Thievia, Markham | Canada

respecting everyone and not judging anyone.

Aanjalin Iruthayanathan, MArkham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not excluding anyone.

Trinity Dinh, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting everyone as one.

Wisenavi Jeyaamar, Stouffvile | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by making sure everyone is included.

Nicolas Karbaliotis, Markham | Canada

i pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting everyone.

Cheyenne, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being kind.

Annrsa, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting everyone despite their differences.

Kristihe, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting people who are different.

Riya Shah, MArkham | Canada

I will respect people who are having a difficult time completing tasks which are easy for us.

Tiffany Kuo, Markham | Canada

Loving and understanding that God's creation is beautiful.

Therisha S., Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging others until I judge myself.

Victoria D, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people on how they look.

Stephanie, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by always keeping in mind that everyone is equal and disabilities need to be respected.

Leya Herchel, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting people for the way they look.

Priyanka Anantharasa, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting those who have disabilities.

Varun Sindwani, MArkham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting all that have disabilities. Also, everyone in general.

Adam, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by respecting and standing up for those who are disabled.

Faizan Khen, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting those who have a disability without judging.

Pathik, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting all of the different abilities of people.

Risithen, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone equally no matter their features.

Vivek, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nice to others and ignore the mean things that people say about me.

Madusha, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating others the way I want to be treated.

Marina, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice to others, respecting and treating them how you would like to be treated.

Julian, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice to others, respecting and treating them how you would like to be treated.

Julian, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping people that need help and not only thinking of myself.

Sabrina Brady, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating others the way that I want to be treated.

Dimitra, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging anyone.

Eugene, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting people as they are and not ignoring any part of them.

Malika Moloo, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not making fun of people.

Jennifer Ng, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating others the way you want to be treated.

Melanie, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping and supporting those with a disability. Treating them the same as I treat everyone else because they are still human.

Giniia Tam, Markham | Canada

I wont label people by whether he is disabled or not.

Xin Chen, Markham | canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people by their colours or looks. We should look at people on the inside.

Ruby, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting and helping those who might not be able to do the same things as I can.

Joelle Zhang, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting everyone despite their differences.

Joy Liu, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting everyone around me.

Angelica, MArkham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people by what they can't do.

Vito, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being respectful.

Celeste, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting those that are all different which makes us special.

Ashley-Grace, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by making new friends.

Kiera, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by showing respect to everyone.

Natasha, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting those who may have disabilities.

Obi Faluro, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by interacting with people who are disabled.

Sharmiga S, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging anyone on their abilities or disabilities.

Alyssa Madhani, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being open hearted and helpful. I also want to be able to do the most I can to help and stop the judgement.

Abiramy Ongoralingam, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping others and accepting others.

Eluxsana, MArkham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being accepting and helping others to learn how to love people with developmental disabilities.

Sophia Gabriel, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being accepting, helping others to learn, help others to learn how to love those with disabilities.

Julia Alphunso, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being accepting, helping others to learn, help others to learn how to love those with disabilities.

Julia Alphunso, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by showing respect.

Kenny Tsong, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everyone the same.

Anita Leung, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by treating people the way i want to be treated.

Sharon, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by showing respect to all people.

Irene, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by helping others.

Shomiga, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being more friendly.

Jacky, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being more positive. 🙂

Gheerthika Sn, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not judging people and being the nicest person ever.

Sheraz, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by accepting everyone.

Michael Su , Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice and accepting.

Sehbaz, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not caring about labels.

Beneth, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nicer.

Judy Lin, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating everybody equally.

Justin T., Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by respecting them.

Chesery, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by avoiding stereotypes.

Kithion, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by loving others.

Ali, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by treating others with respect.

Areveenden, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice.

Sean, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice.

Swethan, MArkham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being nice.

Jessy, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being kind.

Irok, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nicer to people with mental illness.

Asmitha, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by not using offensive language.

Zunash S., Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by avoiding stereotypes.

Davindeer, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being awesome.

Andrea Chung, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by being more helpful towards others and the community.

Krissta Sribalan, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the label by treating others how I want to be treated.

Komalpreet, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by avoiding stereotypes.

Suraeka S, Oshawa | Canada

Because I belive that everyone deserves to be treated fairly and as members of free the children and no names ( clubs that help with inequality) I wish to spread this awareness

Ansley, Markham | Canada

I want to put a stop to all labels so that people can live freely and be themselves.

Angela Ng, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because there are so many people out there who have disabilities that suffer from being stigmatized as "just faking it," "being weak," having to "just get over it," and similar disrespectful concepts of the like. But these people are so much more than their "disability" and they have so much potential that they cannot accomplish due to these stereotypes.

Christine A., Markham | Canada

We need to make changes to better everyone. Inclusiveness!

Kevin, Markham | Canada

It is important that I repect individuals with different learning capabilities because they don't have the same advantages and opportunities as us. We should learn to repect their differences and accept them.

Hibbah, Markham | Canada

I helping people with learning disabilites

Marc , Toronto | Canada

I helping people with learning disabilites

Marc , Toronto | Canada

To make everyone feel wanted

Lilandra da silva, Markham | Canada

I would like equality and equity for everyone!

Johnathan, Markham | Canada

To treat them just like others. To be nice and respectful. Not to bully them or be disrespectful to them. Not judge them

Menoline, Markham | Canada

It is important to me because we need to see past the limitations of stereotypes or labels and realize that each individual person has the right and ability to do whatever pleases them regardless of their race,gender , ability, etc

Alex yuen, Markham | Canada

Its lit

Jared, Markham | Canada

We live in an able-ist society. I will do my part to change the perceptions and prejudices of those among us who live with disabilities of various kinds.

Patrick, York region | Canada

I will respect all no matter what circumstances there may be.

Melissa Charran, Markham | Canada

I will respect all no matter what circumstances there may be.

Melissa Charran, Markham | Canada

I respect others and support those with disabilities. I will treat other the same, and treat them how I wanted to be treated. Is important that we treat others equally, as we are all the same.

Amanda Canteras, Markham | Canada

I will respect people with disabilities

Raagapi, Markham | Canada

I respect people with disabilities.

Keerthana, Markham | Canada

Be nicer ????

Abilash singeswaran, Markham | Canada

Be nicer ????

Abilash singeswaran, Markham | Canada

To refrain from making racist jokes

Kanujan Kulenthiran, Markham | Canada

I will respect people who are different and I will also include them in activities.

priyanka, Markham | Canada

I will respect everyone equally and not judge

Araceli, Markham | Canada

I feel that there shouldn't be labels and that all barriers should be thrown down

Talha, Markham | Canada

It is important because everyone no matter their disability deserves the right to be treated with respect.

Ashley, Markham | Canada

Love everyone because we were born to love everyone

Garth , Markham | Canada

Everyone is different and should be treated equally

J, Markham | Canada

I will respect others for who they are.

Ragavi, Markham | Canada

This pledge is important to me because I care about everyone

Zaynah, Markham | Canada

No one deserves to be treated differently due to a part of them, that cannot be changed.

ashley, Markham | Canada

To avoid saying offensive terms

Stelly, Markham | Canada

By seeing others past their disabilities

Nicole, Markham | Canada

It is important because I believe that we aren't suppose to be label

Edwin, Markham | Canada

I take a pledge to respect others who are different from others

Patrick, Markham | Canada

Because I love people

Kawshani, Markham | Canada

I will treat everyone the same

Nilaxan, Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves respect

Shruthi Sailesh, Markham | Canada

No one should be judged. Everyone is human.

Paulyn, Markham | Canada

Because we shouldnt judge people by the way they are

Engelika, Markham | Canada

Because no one should be labeled as everyone is unique in their own way. Be different & be the change!

Kylie chiu, Markham | Canada

Because I believe we should judge people

Claire Hsiung, Markham | Canada

Because names are more then just a label

Joyce , Markham | Canada

It is important to recognize everyone as equal and the same. "It is not what happens on the outside that counts. It is the inside."

Kawalpreet, markham | Canada

Because I have the virtue of treating everyone fairly.

Thileepan, Markham | Canada

I pledge to be nice to the disabled community, to treat them with respect and care, and support.

Priyana, Markham | Canada

To stop discrimination against people with disabilities

Chantal, Markham | Canada

Because everyone is created by God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Shasha, Markham | Canada

It will help me learn to address others in a more respectable manner

Jamie, Markham | Canada

I won't judge other people and focuse on what they know and what they don't know

Tiffany kuo, Markham | Canada

I will never judge others by how they look or what disabilities they have, but I will respect them for who they are.

Shania, Markham | Canada

These people deserve to be treated beyond their label.

Annisa, Markham | Canada

I will respect others the way I want to be treated.

Anosha, scarborough | Canada

I will respect those who have disabilities and I will treat the same as how I would want to be treated by the society.

Mithusagini Kajendran, Markham | Country

Because they are better than what we think them to be. We should not identify people as having disabilities but rather that everyone has certain conditions.

Roshan, Markham | Canada

People are all special despite their differences. Even if they are different in their own way, they have their own gifts and something they are good at. They should be able to express themselves freely.

Ashley , Markham | Canada

Because everyone is special and important ?

Sandra Eskandar, Markham | Canada

It is because I value human equality and justice. I think labels should not be used to hurt others.

Jasmine Xiao, Markham | Canada

It is very important to look beyond ones physical appearance and realize the feelings of the person behind it.

Miao , Markham | Canada

I will respect others in different race

Hari, Markham | Canada

I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Evita, Markham | Canada

It's wrong to judge people

Sana , Markham | Canada

I respect everyone!!

Thiveja, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by respecting others like they want to be treated.

Amara , Markham | Canada

It''s important to treat everyone equally no matter how the person is.

Pearl, Markham | Canada

I will not change someone on how they look or act, because humanity is in within us to not to judge. Treat everybody with respect and you will be ok.

Shavaiz, Markham | Canada

I won't judge people for how they look.

Rayen, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because everyone deserves to be looked at from more than just their appearance. Everyone deserves a chance at friendship regardless of what they look like.

Melissa, Toronto | Canada

We are all on this planet together, so we should appreciate and love one another. We are the only people we have ever known, so it doesn't make sense to neglect each other.

Bethany Loshusan, Scarborough | Canada

Because you shouldn't judge people for how they look.

Jessy, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I believe that labels should never define you and that everyone deserves to be accepted for who they are.

Rachelle Tuazon, Markham | Canada

I will respect others

Mayoori, Markham | Canada

It is important to respect everyone and their special gifts

Linda laughlin, Uxbridge | Canada

To not judge by labels

Jasmeen, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because we are all humans and we are all worth more than a label. A label should not define a person or their worth.

Sonia Pallikunnel , Scarborough | Canada

I hate the "R" word as ot has been used on people in my family who are sufferig from a disability. I hope for a future where that word will never be used again

Yusra Javed, Pickering | Canada

Labels are manmade, and some things that are manmade are really good things, but in my experience I haven't found many good things about labeling people by what we see and don't see and think we see, and judging people off our own perceptions like that.

I think a better world starts with me committing to stopping doing that, and so I pledge to live Beyond the Label

Harrison Ho-Tom, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by listening to people.

Janet, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by challenging the negative comments that I hear.

Vina, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by listening to other peoples experiences and being non judgmental.

Megan, Mississauga | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by uplifting my peers.

Henry Appiah, North York | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being positive and to see the ability in all.

Catherine , Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being open minded.

Nareena Ramkeessa, Brampton | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by raising awareness.

York University, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being non-judgmental.

Ashiah, North York | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by seeing the abilities.

Amanda, whitby | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by sharing gifts.

Jhnona, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting them as much as possible.

Emma Cao, Scarborough | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label because all individuals have numerous strengths and abilities. Everyone possesses unique talents, interests and capabilities. As a society it is important for us to zoom in on those abilities, rather than the disabilities. This approach is essential for individuals and society, as a whole, to flourish and thrive.

Saranya , Maple | Canada

All people deserve to be treated as equals!

Minhal Jaffer, Brampton | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by sharing the Dreams message-BTL.

Archie, Scarborough | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not underestimating or critisising others by the books cover.

Vithurshana, Markham | Canada

Labels are the biggest barriers, take away labels and you break down barriers. I am committed to being mindful in my language so that it is not exclusive to anyone.

Jenni , Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by accepting people for who they are.

Samantha, Pickering | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by promoting inclusion.

Angie Gardiner, Port Union | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by loving everyone.

Vanessa Speirs, Oshawa | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being warm, kind, and accepting to all.

Andrew, Oshawa | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by listening.

Sheba, Whitby | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by appreciating everyone for their unique skills and talents.

Randy Uyenaka, Oshawa | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by treating people with respect.

Kayla Ramkissoon, Ajax | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being non-judgmental.

Patricka, Ajax | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by looking at your heart instead of your image.

Alison M., Whitby | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by learning social skills and making friends.

Victoria King, Etobicoke | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by continuing to help people dream.

Peha, Scarborough | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by learning for a lifetime.

Susan King, Etobicoke | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by living with a sense of humour

Terry, Etobicoke | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by celebrating everyone every day.

Deznne, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by providing meaningful opportunities.

Paulette C, Toronto | Canada

Because I don't believe in labels and feel every individual is special 🙂

Ayesha Minhas, Ajax | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by treating everyone with respect and understanding.

Linda Dioso, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting Dreams.

Rose Romagnolo, Stouffville | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by spreading the word about BTL.

Darryl Dioso, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by answering questions, and educating people about developmental disabilities and Beyond The Label.

Emma, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by embracing every individual for who they are now and who they want to be. I will also teach everyone and anyone about the Beyond The Label campaign.

Rabia M, Ajax | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by avoiding and discouraging stereotypes, judgmental first impressions and not "judging a book by its cover"

Anasha Sornakanthan, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by to not be bias or judge anyone by their appearance. Also, to present the BTL campaign to friends and family.

Amanda G, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by advocating through the BTL campaign in my every day life to my family and friends.

Victoria Marcelino, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by getting to know someone before making an opinion of them.

Jodie , Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by never judging anyone by its cover.

Johnathan Lee, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by making a commitment in raising awareness about stereotypes and avoid being judgmental.

Agnes, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by treating everyone the same regardless of who they are.

Corey-Anne Rossi, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not judging a book by its cover.

Maya Tenn, Richmond hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by looking at not what you struggle with but how you can overcome the struggles.

Connie, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by finding out more of my students strengths and helping to utilize them.

Paolo Raymundo, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being more aware of everyone and really listening. Also to share what I have learned about The Centre for Dreams.

Eileen Castillo, Stouffville | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by educating others about The Centre for Dreams

Anna Marsala, Newmarket | Markham

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by seeing everyone's strengths, talents, gifts and smiles

Chris Mills, Unionville | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by educating my students about labeling others and show them how to live beyond theirs.

Danielle, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by taking at least one thing I will learn here back to my classroom.

Joe Racanelli, Maple | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by looking for the strengths of my special needs students.

Ms. Raija DiZio, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being compassionate and always appreciate others strengths.

Anna Maria, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being focused on people's strengths.

Rebeka, Toronto | Cannada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by remembering never to judge a book by its cover.

Madeleine Reyes, Pickering | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by celebrating individuality and talent.

Jessica Lu, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not judging a book by its cover and taking the time to get to know someone.

Stepahnie Giliberto, Stouffville | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by always being accepting and inclusive.

Lina Christidis, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by recognizing and building the strengths of my students.

Kim Couchman, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by including everyone.

Laura, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by respecting everyone because you are who you are.

Madison Nobes, richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting The Centre for Dreams

Charlotte, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting The Centre for Dreams and to educate others on the amazing work this organization does.

Michael and Lori Dempster, Aurora | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by cheering for all of them just the way they are.

Rosalina, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not being afraid to be ambitious.

Emily Jin, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by helping out after high school

Charlotte Woo, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by accepting everyone for who they are and appreciate the things we are given.

Brittany Hernandez, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by celebrating everyone's uniqueness and diversity. By showing and sharing the love with everyone.

Allan Ambida, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not being afraid to do anything I enjoy even if I'm not good at it. Work hard and never give up.

Jennifer Bi, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by embracing everybody for who they are.

Bettyanne Sherrer, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by correcting my friends when they use the R-word.

Geoff Sherrer, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by never judging a book by its cover.

Sydney, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting and sharing what The Centre for Dreams is all about.

Taylor Smith, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by supporting The Centre for Dreams, helping your students write resumes and by not using the R-word.

Donna Hall, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond the Label by educating others on the R-Word.

Victoria Smith, Thornhill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by treating everybody the same and not to ever use the R word and make sure that others do not say bad things to each other.

Megan, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by getting to know people for who are.

Kimberly, Vaughan | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not judging people.

Joanna Rosano, Goodwood | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not judging individuals regardless of their abilities or disabilities.

Saranya Gengatharah, Maple | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by viewing all individuals with a positive perspective and advocating for equality.

Aliya Amarsi, Richmond Hill | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nice and when you see someone with a disability act natural and don't point.

Logan King , Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by sharing life, hugs and smiles with all exceptional people.

Naomi Faroogh, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by spreading the word and educating my friends about Beyond The Label.

Jessie Chao, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not being a bully.

Thanika, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting Dreams and my daughter Jeany.

John Kang, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting Dreams and my daughter Jeany.

Young Kang, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by supporting and promoting Dreams.

Linda Kang, Markham | Canada

Respecting everyone for who they are. God has blessed everyone and individuals with developmental disabilities are no different.

Lisa Angelucci, Vaughan | Canada

Inviting dreams to the baseball fundraiser

Lily, Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves the right to have their dreams fulfilled.

Lily d'gama, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by doing co-op and volunteering at The Centre for Dreams

Katrina M, Markham | Canads

Seeing people for who they are is the most important choice we can make.

Marianne, Toronto | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nice to people

Lucia, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being with my friends

Kelly, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being considerate

Stefanie, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nice to all of my friends at Dreams.

Dora, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by saying nice things to people

Anushka, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by carrying people's bags and coffee

Manoj, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by helping others together

Lana, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by respecting other people

Dylan, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by saying nice things to my friends.

Cassie, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by taking care of my brother

Adrian, Markham | Canada

Be good and do not judge

Dustin, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being a good friend

Ky, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being friends with everyone

Jesse, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by helping others.

Eric, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being a good sport

Jim, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nice

Mario, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not saying bad words, being polite and staying positive.

Marcel, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being a nice friend.

Paula, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being kind

Ryan Q, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by saying good things to my friends.

Rebecca, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being nice to friends

Mike, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by listening

Leigh, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being a good friend.

Leo, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being a good sport and being a best friend to people

Danny, Markham | Canada

Labels are unfair judgements and descriptions of others.

Darryl Dioso, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by respecting my friends

John, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by doing good things.

Ping, Markham | Canada

I have previously worked with children, youth and adults with special needs.

Nicole paul, Thromhill | Canada

Everyone of us has talents to contribute to the human race. It is our responsibility to lift each other up and bring joy .

Rose mittelholzer, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I work with students with many different disabilities everyday in my job.

Stephanie E., Markham | Canada

This is important for me because I believe that it is vitally important for people to judge a person by they're cover, and that they should sit down and get to know them!

Chanti, Oshawa | Canada

Inclusive sports

Alana Aird, Markham | Ontario

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by recognizing each person for who they are.

Dharma, Markham | Canada

I believe everyone is perfect in their own unique way and deserve respect.

Michelle davis, Markham | Canada

We are all unique created in god's image.

Antonella rubino, Woodbridge | Canada

We are all a community and we all play a role in enriching our world.

Geetha Aranha, Stouffville | Canada

Because very one deserves to live a fun life and no one should be bullied for something they can't change. And they shouldn't want to change themselves for other.

Raam, Markham | Canada

Because my brother is autistic

Matthew, Markham | Canada

Because my brother is autistic and this is really important to me because he shouldn't feel scared to go out because he is afraid of being called names. Everyone is perfect in their own way.

Bryce pendergast, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be treated equally

Shawn, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because it shows how everyone one is equal and no one is above anyone else.

Justin Pan, Markham | Canada

It is important to me because I believe that no one should be discriminated against for their differences.

Britney Andrews, Markham | Canada

I feel that everyone should be seen as equals and be accepted for who we are and not looked down upon for believing in something different or being different.

Shae Norris, Markham | Canada

We are all equals

Kayja Edwards , Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves to be treated equality no matter what!

Gloria li, Richmond hill | Canada

Everyone should be treated equally.

Olivia Scaffidi, Markham | Canada

Everybody should be accepted and included despite differences

Sophia, markham | Canada

Everyone is different and unique in their own different way. We shouldn't judge others by a disability.

Annabelle Chan, Markham | Ontario

To promote equality among people, make this world a happier and better place to live in.

Emily, Markham | Canada

I have many friends and family that have disabilities

Cameron, Markham | Canada

I have many friends and family that have disabilities

Cameron, Markham | Canada

It directly affects my family

Steve hoffman, Markham | Canada

So that people can be treated equally.

Harin, Markham | Canada

We are all people of all equality

Pascal, Richmond Hill | Canada

We are all people of all equality

Pascal, Richmond Hill | Canada

Equality is important because we are all children of God and we are all one

Alexandra elhallak, Markham | Canada

Builds my character and the character of others.

Safiya Hurst, Markham | Canada

Builds my character and the character of others.

Safiya Hurst, Markham | Canada

Builds my character and the character of others.

Safiya Hurst, Markham | Canada

Builds my character and the character of others.

Safiya Hurst, Markham | Canada

To stop bullying and make everyone feel that they are equal

Kristy Watt, Markham | Canada

To stop labelling people and bullying to bring up the message that everyone in the world is equal

Victoria cheng, Markham | Canada

We should not discriminate

Marisa Ali , Markham | Canada

Seeing disabilities is unloving.

R. Sisti, Kleinburg | Canada

I believe that individuals need to be respected for all the talents and intelligences that they posses rather than those that they don't.

Kristen, Markham | Canada

Because everyone is equal

Heather, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be recognized for who they are not what their setbacks may be.

Diana Mulholland, Markham | Canada

No one is limited...everyone can achieve success.

Rita quarin, Markham | Canada

These people can do more than what people think they can

George tanios, Markham | Canada

Because caring for others who are disadvantaged makes them stronger and builds a better society.

Kevin Mariyanayagam, Markham | Canada

I believe that all people should be treated equally especially those with special needs. I believe this program promotes the values of helping others 🙂

Cindy Lui, Markham | Canada

Many stereotypes that I believe should be disproven....

Ashley , Markham | Canada

Because I have a lot of friends with disabilities and I know how much they really can do and I sympathize with them when they are labelled with false stereotypes.

Audrey Bang, Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves to be treated fairly.

Rob goddard, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by stopping people from calling each other negative names.

Ramona Singh, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by accepting everyone for who they are.

Stephen Kotyck, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being kind to all

Rita Walsh, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by making an inclusive environment.

Tracy , Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by treating them the way I want to be treated.

Payton King, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by contributing to make an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome.

Emilie Fronte, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by helping the members at Dreams make bracelets.

Lucie Prud'Homme, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by not saying anything to offend the people with developmental disabilities.

Logan, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by sharing.

Arianna, Markham | Canada

I know people who have thee disabilities so I treat them like family

Martin So, Markham | Canada

I know people who have thee disabilities so I treat them like family

Martin So, Markham | Canada

It is wrong to treat others as lower people.

Kendrick , Markham | Canada

Because I think everyone should be treated the same, fairly and equally

Anetha, Markham | Canada

To stay positive

Jasmine, Markham | Canada

To stop discrimination and prejudice against anyone

Olivia Finlayson, Markham | Canada

So they are able to feel equal within society

Tamara, Markham | Canada

So they have equal opportunities

Elyse reynolds, Markham | Canada

No one should be discriminated no matter what God made everyone equal.

Clarence lau, Markham | Canada

It's important for everyone to be equal!

Diana Mangos, Markham | Canada

Because I believe in equal rights

Simran Amarnani, Markham | Canada

this is important to me because I feel like people are so much more than a one word definition and we can't keep classifying people by calling them names. we are all humans and we cant make others feel as if they are less than us.

Victoria Marchisello, markham | Canada

Equality

Thalia, Markham | Canada

This is important because everyone should live a positive and equal life and others should treat people the way they want to be treated.

Paige Schnarr, Markham | Canada

People are people and should be treated as an equal!

Kathryn, Markham | Canada

Because you shouldn't make fun of people with intellectual disabilities.

Maira, Markham | Canada

Because we shouldn't judge people on things they cannot control.

Ayeesha, Markham | Canada

I think it's important to love everyone unconditionally

Gabriella, Marham | Canada

Bc every person should be treated equally no matter what

Juliana hifawi, Markham | Canada

Bc everyone deserves kindness.

Tianna C-k, Markham | Canada

They are people too and we are all the same. If we were disabled we wouldnt want to be discriminated against .

Maria L, Markham | Canada

In order for everyone to feel accepted and wanted.

Alison borch, Markham | Canada

It is important because everyone should be treated fairly and equally due to the fact that they should have the choice to have the equal opportunity as everyone else.

Brittany, Stephanie and Jessica , Markham, ON. | Canada

Everyone is equal and should be treated the same

Cynthia huang, Markham | Canada

Living with a learning disability I understand what it means to be labelled and misunderstood.

Olivia D'souza, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be loved 🙂

Vanessa, Markham | Canada

There are no labels, everyone is a person made by God!

Patricia Brizzi, Markham | Canada

My brother and uncle have autism. I know how important this must be for people living with restrictions.

Hailey Ribeiro, Markham | Canada

Everyone is unique in their own way and should be appreciated

Sophia tan, Markham | Canada

I feel mental disabilities should not have a stigma involved it is the most important thing to research and help

John, Markham | Canada

Because everyone deserves the best life (:

Michelle Cheng, Markham | Canada

This is important because being human is beautiful and everyone is equal.

Carolyn Hughes , Markham | Canada

Because everyone deserves to be seen in the same light

Karen Law, Unionville | Canada

Family

Jen wong, Markham | Canada

It is important not to judge people because I feel that people are insecure about themselves

Nicole roma, Ontaio | Canada

Because everyone should have the right be be treated equally

Cynthia, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because going beyond the label is something everyone should be doing, it should be instinctive not to judge someone over the way they are.

Jessica Lam, Markham | Canada

This is important to me as I belive in equality for everyone.

Imaara Rhemtulla, Markham | Canada

I believe in equality for everyone

Linda, Markham | Canada

Beacause no one should be labels for something, that they're not.

Marina hanna, Markham | Canada

Everyone is beautiful, everyone deserves to be happy. And everyone deserves respect

Aurora zhang, Markham | Canada

Everyone is beautiful, everyone deserves to be happy. And everyone deserves respect

Aurora zhang, Markham | Canada

Because I hate labels

Lisa, Markham | Canada

Everyone is equal and derserve to be treated equally

Daniel Haddad, Markham | Canada

Because it's important to show love and compassion to all people.

Marcus Laferriere, Markham | Canada

I want to continue to spread awareness and support this cause. I believe people should get rid of the offensive language.

Sally, Markham | Ontario

I believe that it is of great importance that we create an environment of equality and acceptance, and a fundamental part of that is removing labels, prejudices, and stereotypes from our community.

Robert Bahensky, Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves an equal opportunity.

Dhanneyah Emmanuel , Markham | Canada

Because it's important to accept everybody and not stereotype and prejudge others.

Oliver Fung, Markham | Canada

I believe that it is important to live beyond the label.

Maria hutt, Markham | Canada

It's important for people to feel respected!

Katie Chan, Markham | Canada

How can you define yourself if others are always defining you?

Sarah, Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves to be treated the same

Melayna D'Ornellas, Pickering | Canada

I am one of the presidents of best buddies and Also both of my parents are social workers and deal with people with disabilities

Michael Rolland, Markham | Canada

Because people are are worth so much more than the title that others force upon them.

Danielle, Markham | Canada

Labels don't mean anything!

Sarine , Markham | Canada

Because everyone deserves the opportunity to live life proud of who they are and thrive regardless of any obstacles that they may have to face

Raisa, Markham | Canada

I want to support the cause

Andrew cultrera, Markham | Canada

I would like to support the cause

Afeez, Markham | Canada

Great cause

Ms. Iorio, Markham | Canada

Living life to its fullest

Leo Tucci, Maple | Canada

I like to help and support the community.

Patricia Singson , Markham | Canada

For a better inclusive environment without labels

Stephanie, Markham | Canada

I think that everyone should have equal opportunities

Deryn Boscariol, Markham | Canada

I like to support everyone in the community.

Kirsty Choy, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I think that everyone should look past what people cannot do and focus on what people CAN do.

Jessica Kwong, Markham | Canada

We shouldn't make fun of anyone,no matter what. I love getting the chance to support a great cause. 🙂

Julia Sun, Markham | Canada

I believe in equality for all.

Daniel Zhao, Markham | Canada

I believe that everyone is equal and there needs to be a change.

James yu, Markham | Canada

It's important to me because I am able to help those that need assistance in our community

Monica Tsao, Markham | Canada

To help out the people in my community that needs help and assistance from others.

Christie Poon, Markham | Canada

People often use words that they may not realize could be taken as offensive to others, and I find that we should be more aware of this to try to put an end to it.

Kevin Lodenquai, Markham | Canada

Each person is equal despite their differences

Carolyn tom, Markham | Canada

Lol

Austin Ha, Markham | Canada

Everyone is equal

Steven Li, Markham | Canada

It is important because it is for a good cause

Shyam Gathatharan, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I believe that people shouldn't label others and call them names. We are all much more than what's on the surface!

Lana Walaa, Toronto | Canada

Because being categorized is hurtful

Maram Muktar, Markham | Canada

I feel that everyone should be accepted

Mira rezk, Markham | Canada

Extremely important for everyone to be accepted and treated equally! We are all different and important individuals.

Lynn hutchison, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being kind.

Lisa , Markham | Country

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by being a helping hand.

Julianna Del Carmen, Markham | Country

I pledge to live beyond the label by getting to know the centre for dreams better

Emma Girard, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by being more positive

Dean Kemper, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by always paying it forward.

Sandra, Makrham | Canada

I pledge to live beyond the label by believing

Lisa Brady, Markham | Canada

It's important to me because everyone deserves second chances and hope!

Dennis tan, Markham | Canada

I believe that wherever help is needed, people should take action. Most of the time, people do not realize how lucky they are and events like this really spread awareness.

Bill sheng, Markham | Canada

It is really unfortunate that some adults with developmental problems are looked down upon and I would like to help in changing that.

Crystal, Markham | Canada

No one should be discriminated for anything

Erika Chen, Markham | Canada

I wish to be unique but at the same time connect with others.

Jillin Chen, Markham | Canada

An judgement should be made without prejudice, anything with is just inconvenient for everyoe

Andrea alexei, Pickering | Canada

One of my close friend , with Down syndrome, is often just looked at as a victim or a disabled girl but she is so much more than that.

Nikita Zurowski, Stouffville | Canada

This is important to me because having rights isn't something that should be argued.

Larissa, Markham | Canada

It makes the world a better place when action is taken.

Natasha, Markham | Canada

Because people shouldn't be labelled

Cecilia Leung, Markham | Canada

Because it is great to support these events.

Vanessa Cheung, Markham | Canada

Because equality is every humans right.

Hausa Sadoon, Markham | Canada

I think everyone should get equal treatment and not be judged before knowing who they are.

Phoebe Lau, Markham | Canada

Don't judge based on labels

Alex wong, Markham | Canada

it is my rigid belief that one should be judge for who the are and not what stereotype they get labeled with

Abraham Lincoln, Detroit | Sverige

I have a friend with a mental disability

Shahram, Markham | Canada

It's important to be yourself, and be unique.

Vruksha Vakeeswaran, Markham | Canada

it's crucial to see beyond someone's label to realize their full potential. ☺️

Shaarini Ravitharan, Markham | Canada

It is important to look beyond the label because in the multicultural community we live in everyone should feel included and welcomed.

Arjun mittal, Markham | Canada

My community is filed with people who choose to stay ignorant and not see beyond the label.

Naveen Chankar, Markham | Canada

I live every day in fear of impressions. As much as everyone will say not to judge anyone by their cover its harder than it looks so it's important that we are reminded every chance we get

Alison, Markham | Canada

I support strongly campaigns to help encourage a connection between people as well as helping the people participating in this program. It is nice to see something so heartwarming and especially something that raises the issue of "labels" in today's society.

Bryan Tse, Markham | Canada

It's a great cause

Taylor grant , Markham | Ontario

I am happy to support all of Markville's diverse students. 🙂

Kathy, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be treated the same and not be labelled for something they aren't, I will definitely see beyond labels in others. I've been through the experience so I know how it feels which is why I think this is important to me. (:

Alcandor Lui, Markham | Canada

Everyone is friendo

Daniel Xu, Markham | Canada

Everyone should have the opportunity to live life without someone's opinion getting in the way

Amy dinh, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be treated with equal respect

William Yang, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be treated with equal respect

William Yang, Markham | Canada

it should be important to everyone 🙂

Anabelle tung, Markham | Canada

No judging

Alice, Markham | Canada

Just out of generosity

Jacky, Toronto | Canada

So everyone is equal

Sarah, Markham | Canada

To pledge to live beyond the label, seeing things beyond appearance

Samantha, Markham | Ontario

No one should be treated differently

Billy qian, Markham | Canada

Humans are humans

Vincy, Markham | Canada

Some people never had a choice to grow up the way they are, so for people like me, it's our duty to make them feel welcome to the community because they deserve the same amount of love and compassion that anyone would get

Andrew Li, Markham | Canada

It is important to me because everyone deserves to be treated equally and with respect.

Kaitlyn, Markham | Canada

In my eyes, everyone is equal and should be treated with the same level and respect. We are all the same in God's eyes and we should all love each other. Be a good person!!!! #livebeyondthelabel

Melissa Wu, Markham | Canada

This is important to me beause I believe everyone should be treated equally and with respect.

Rydan, Markham | Canada

This means mental awareness

Tim, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by celebrating the different talents and abilities of others.

Noula, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by treating everyone with respect.

Christopher Ford, Markham | Canada

Believing you can do something or believe you cannot-you will be right every time. Positive thinking

Karen, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by accepting different people

Jeri Maurice, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by helping others

John , Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label always

Jill Welsh, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by treating everyone for the special person they are.

Les Ford, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by teaching my students to see the abilities in all people.

Heather, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label by listening.

Avery, Markham | Canada

No one should be judged

Trynae, Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves to be treated equally

Rabia afzaal, Markham | Canada

We are all God s creations

Patricia Armstrong , Markham | Canada

People label me and miss out on what they dont see because it does not fit the profile of the label they assigned me on thatparticular interaction.

Nitin, Markham | Canada

People with disabilities have the purest of hearts

Ayesha mirza, Markham | Canada

We should love one another because it doesn't matter how you look or talk just your heart! 🙂

Stephanie, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because we should all be treated equally.

Megan, Markham | Canada

Important not to discriminate

Shrusann williams, Markham | Canada

Everyone needs to know how important and the skills they havw

Kirushanthy, Markham | Canada

It is important to me becuase I think society shouldn't judge people by how they look and their disablilities, and we should be positive and focus on what they can do

Josephine , Markham | Canada

We shouldn't discriminate

Eugene lam , Markham | Canada

The idea behind Behind the Label is important to me because nowadays all everyone cares about is how you look and act. Because of small, simple things, people are bullied or made fun of. I pledge to see people for who they are and not who or what they are labelled as.

Kelly Ho, Markham | Canada

I want to be apart of breaking this stigma

Joycey, Markham | Canada

I feel that everyone should be treated equally

Rachell, Markham | Canada

We are all equal.

G. Dharmai, Markham | Canada

I think this is important because being inclusive is very important

Tasha khan, Markham | Canada

Because a person's a person no matter how small~

Auri, Markham | CanadA

It is important to me because I have friends with mental disabilities

Shamier, Richmond hill | Canada

To be uniue and yourself

Barbara egerer, Markham ontario | Canada

Because it isn't fair to put labels on people.

Mya miskiw , Markham | Canada

Because it isn't fair to put labels on people.

Mya miskiw , Markham | Canada

Because it is

Ramya chandhok, Mrakham | Canada

Because every human life matters.

Sajine Sathiaselan, Markham | Canada

I had a bad experience with people labelling me and I want that to end for others.

Amber bharwani, Markham | Canada

I feel like respect and love are things that should be treated as rights, not privileges

Farwa Jafri , Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves respect and this is important to me.

A marsh Naseer, Marham | Canada

To see people for who they are.

Rita Malouf, Markham | Canada

no one should be hudged

Yumna, Toronto | Canada

To be yourself

Irene li, Markham | Canada

Because people should not be labeled by there illness

Daquan, Markham | Canada

because I hate when people are given a label that they do not deserve or merit.

Dilshan Anandarajan, Markham | Canada

Because I believe that people should not be called names.

Jamie Chen, Markham | Canada

because we should not be defined by labels

jas , markham | canada

This is important to me because I think no matter what the label is or who it's directed to, it will affect that person in one way or another. Labels are over generalized stereotypes that do not define oneself completely, and I feel that it is important for people to understand this. No matter what the label is, people should always be open with others and see beyond their labels because there is always much much more to a person that one word or phrase.

Jodie Lo, Markham, Ontario | Canada

Labels don't have to define who you are. Everyone should own their negative labels, take them and turn them into positives. Don't let the bullies attack something that may be the characteristic that makes you unique.
Strive towards positive labels. They can make you a better person and inspire people around you.

Rocky Cheung, markkham | Canada

Because we are all people first!

Natalie Kekki, Markham | Canada

because I won't have to feel scared about being myself

Aaraniy, Markham | Canada

People often fail to see beyond the disability and understand the person underneath.

Jiayi Zhou, Markham | Canada

Their hearts are purer than we can ever understand. <3

Roshan Naufal , Markham | Canada

I have an older cousin with Down syndrome

Cassidy ravago, Markham | Canada

It's important to me because we're all different and don't deserve to be judged by labels or stereotypes

Alyssa Sagum, Markham | Canada

It's important to stand up

Amna, Markham | Canada

Verbal attacks are unncessary

Samreen, Markham | Canada

There Re people who suffer verbal attacks in silence and they deserve better

Talha, Ajax | Canada

Words affect a lot of people

Anthiah, Markham | Canada

It affects everyone

Mayoori, Markham | Canada

BTL displays the endless possibilities, capabilities and that the sky is the limit. I feel that this is a positive organization to have within our growing communities. Dreams do come true.

Lisa mastropaolo, Woodbridge | Ont

because we are all the same and created to participate in the same activities as one another.

shokoufeh, toronto | canada

because we are all the same and created to participate in the same activities as one another.

shokoufeh, toronto | canada

Our differences are what makes each and every one of us unique and special. We are each a unique piece of the puzzle of life. Labels prevent us from growing into what we should be, and instead attempt to morph us into what society expects us to be. Avoiding the use of labels can allow us to live happier and healthier!

negin , Toronto | Canada

iv been using the word "retard" ever since i remember, i pledge not to use the word retard ever again

iman, toronto | Canada

the treatment of equality is essential to the on going growth of any community in our region. for the purpose of a strong generation and community support equal treatment is to be exercised to maintain peace and happiness

sabnitno , toronto | canada

we all are human and labeling is what some mean people have made to satisfy themselves.
Beyond that humanity is essential

reza javan, toronto | Canada

We are all human, hence we are the same. No matter the colour,gender, size, or disability. We are all created by God as precious beings, and everyone should be treated with respect and love.

dan, north york | canada

Because it is

Rui , Uxbridge | Canada

Because people with disabilities are oppressed based on their physical attributes rather than their capabilities. If one actually took the time to gain knowledge on disabilities they would realize we are all the same.

winta, Toronto | Canada

Because everyone is unique in their own way and they should not be judged and labelled for who they are

Candy Choi, Markham | Canada

It is important to be yourself and not to care about what others think about you

Chris, Markham | Canada

All people, regardless of appearance, condition or circumstance, deserve respect and empathy from others.

Sarah Yuen, Markham, Ontario | Canada

I believe in it

Thakayah, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because everyone deserves to be treated fairly:)

Khaenna Bumatay, Markham | Country

just cuz

Jasper Choi, Markham | Canada

Because it's important to me

Samar, Markham | Canada

Because it is important

Jessica Fernando, Markham | Canada

It is important because everyone deserves to be treated fairly.

Amarion Kang, Markham | Canada

Because everyone should be treated like a respected human being no matter their circumstance..

Luxiga Ganeshalingam, Markham | Canada

I love this cause

Shivaani, Markham | Canada

It is important that people are treated equally and respectfully.

Giselle Credo, Markham | Canada

It's importa not to label people

Irfan, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be able to participate and be included

Sangam bhatt, Markham | Canada

Because everyone needs a chance to be treated equally

Chanelle Maon, Scarborough | Canada

Because it's mean

Daniel Anyaele, Markham | Canada

This is a important organization which helps those in need and raises awareness.

Cynthia Sriharan, Markham | Canada

Family and friends are important to me.

Alyssa Benitez, Markham | Canada

I want to help and support beyond the limit !

Neebana, Markham | Canada

Everyone should be able to feel equal and safe

Anna nedanis, Markham | Canada

Important

Kapilan, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because everyone should be seen equally

Daniella, Markham | Country

Important

Terry, Markham | Canada

It is important to live beyond the label

Kristine, Markham | Canada

A label seems like something tangible. It is something that describes an individual and directly tells them what or who they are. To me, an individual has an infinite, indescribable value. Placing a label on somebody that may not describe them or diminishes their value is unfair/cruel. We should appreciate every human being and remove labels.

Laura wang, markham | canada


Important

Eric Gnanapragasam, Markham | Canada

Everyone has rights.

Peter, Markham | Canada

To not discriminate others

Vesaken, Markham | Canada

It'd important

Naveena, Scarborough | Canada

Important

BRENSON A, Markham | Canada

It's important

Jordan Mariampillai, Markham | Canada

Based on personal experience...

JJ Barrera, Markham | Canada

I think living beyond the label is important because labels prevent people from being who they are and creates a barrier for people to believe in something. Living beyond the label can change many peoples lives.

Jasmine Yeung, Markham | Canada

We are more than a label or a title, we are human beings and we are never more complete the when we find our common humanity in relationship with all the members of our human family.

Alisia, Markham | Canada

Because we shouldn't label people by their looks

Morena, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I believe that no one should have to suffer through being called and teased names and things that their not. They should not be unfairly pressured in believing things that are entirely no true, and know that there are people in this world who think differently.

Shelley Yu, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I don't want labels to change my perspective of who i am

Donald chan, Richmond hill | Canada

This is important to me because I believe that it is important to not judge people based on their appearance or on a first impression. Often, a first impression is relatively inaccurate and I believe that it is not fair to think that people are a certain way just because you see them in that certain perspective.

Katarina, Markham | Canada

I believe people are more than their labels. Just because someone labels you as something, does not mean that is who or what you are. Who and what you are is up to you, and you alone. No one should ever be told to be someone they are not.

Emily, Markham | Canada

It is important to live beyond the label because label creates an unnecessary expectation for people to fulfill.

Felix , Markham | Canada

It's important to me that people stop looking at themselves only by what people label them as. People are able to achieve so much more when they are able to look beyond what people call them as.

Sharon ho, Markham | Canada

I believe that being open minded will allow me to be a much more outgoing person and that it will be easier to see the beauty in others. People should feel free to be themselves at all times.

Melissa Feather, toronto | canada

This is important because everyone is beautiful in their own way and there shouldn't be described by words.

Cassie Alli, Markham | Canada

I believe in humanity.

Sharon Gao, Markham | Canada

I see kids every day being held back by their "labels" (myself included) and I think that kids should be comfortable and not hesitant in an environment where they should be learning ad growing rather than spending time constantly worrying about what other people think of them.

Anastasia Develiadis, Markham | Canada

I have a special cousin and I know how smart and strong he is and I know that every single person out there being looked down on is capable of so many things just like him.

Jaymee Anne, Markham | Canada

Your label isn't the only thing that defines you. Labels are what stops people from getting to really know you and that is unfair. This is important to me because I want to see a judge free environment

Dana Lin, Markham | Canada

Happens everyday in our daily lives

Garrick ho, Markham | Canada

Your label isn't the only thing that defines you. Labels are what stops people from getting to really know you and that is unfair. This is important to me because I want to see a judge free environment

Dana Lin, Markham | Canada

I believe that in order to become a self-actualised person (which I think each person should strive for), we must learn to see beyond what society labels us. Instead, we should aim to see beyond the superficiality of others and appreciate the traits that are unique to ourselves and others!

Alexandra, Aurora | Canada

Not to judge anyone by their disabilities and to always look at what's inside

Same Maheswaran, Toronto | Canada

I like people. I am very social and I enjoy interacting. I love helping and meeting new people

Moira Gesland, Scarborough | Canada

I strongly believe in this cause and that everyone, regardless of their age, race, condition, etc. should be treated equally. I would love to be able to be involved in helping people struggling with disabilities and to grow as an individual.

Asiya Dinani, Markham | Canada

Its not right to be judged.

David Deng, Toronto | Canada

This is important to me because I feel that we should bring more awareness to the community.

Bowie Lo, Markham | Canada

We all struggle with one challenge or another ... Everyone has value!

Karen hackshaw, Newmarket | Canada

To be equal in every way.

Kevin, Markham | Canada

Because although I may always be labeled, I know that I'm a badass.

Tim Park, Markham | Canada

Because although I may always be labeled, I know that I'm a badass.

Tim Park, Markham | Canada

Live free

Diane, Markham | Canada

People usually judge others based on their first impressions of people but that isn't true. You can't label people based on first impressions.

Jeffrey, Markham | Canada

Labels shouldn't defind a person, we should always look beyond someone looks or disability and look at their actions and what they try to accomplish

Kristy Chui, Markham | Canada

Labels often drive people to judge others strictly, without truly knowing them.

Victor Chen, Markham | Canada

Its hard to achieve your full potential when a label is already put on you. That is why I believe people should know judge their appearance and assume less than what these people can actually do.

Mika Tamaki, Markham | Canada

I have been labelled my whole life

Colin Blight, markham | Canada

Living beyond what others think of us gives us a chance to show who we really are and be the change we want to see in the world

Morgan, Markham | Canada

It allows for those who are labelled to beat the names and labels they are given, they are more than a label.

Brenda kuo, Markham | Canada

People are most capable of what their labels may come out to be

Nakita, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because people should not be discriminated for being who they are, which is amazing.

Angelica, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because growing up I was often labelled and bullied based on my last name. Living beyond labels has a personal connection to me and therefore advocating for this is important

Andy gay, Pickering | Canada

Not everyone has to label one another

Anson, Markham | Canada

labels make people the way they are. if we let other people determine who we are, then that's not living true to yourself!

Adrian Carreon, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because people should never place a label on themselves. We should all be happy with we we are and live life to the fullest.

Matthew manzo, Maple | Canada

Not only am I fortunate enough to be a co-op student at Dreams and to have the opportunity to bond with the beautiful souls that are there, I think it is crucial that people recognize everyone is ultimately the same despite being different physically and emotionally. Everyone is ultimately a person behind the label that are instinctively put on them by other people. It is amazing that a campaign like exists and I am all for supporting it. I pledge to live Beyond The Label!

Emily Jin, Markham | Canada

No one should be defined by labels. The old saying " you can't judge a book by its cover" that should also apply to people. Society should not be too quick to judge.

Martha Neely, Uxbridge | Canada

Prejudice and discrimination expressed on people living with disabilities is only a reflection of the perpetrator’s own limited abilities.Love freely, spread unconditionally.

Krizzia Papilota, Markham, ON | Canada

Each individual is made to be unique. It's sad that there are so many people out there who are trying to change themselves in order to fit a certain label or prove it to be untrue. Live for yourself and NEVER let a label define you.

Emily Liu, Richmond Hill | Canada

We've all been given labels at some point in our lives, some good many bad. If we didn't like our labels constricting we shouldn't allow them to and this is why BTL is a amazing cause that everyone can relate to and participate in.

Uttam Janjua, Markham | Canada

I do not want anyone to be defined just by their label. If i am short , that is fine but there is more to learn about me and who i am.

Latoya, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I want to make a difference for the centre for dreams and I want others to learn about the members and the community

esther mathialagan, scarborough | canada

People shouldn't be labeled and shouldn't be given limitations. Everyone has the power to do anything maybe not the same way as others but still can do it. We need to change the way people look at disabled people and make them look beyond the label, see the person not the disability.

Harunja Chitravel, Markham | Canada

I personally have a strong passion for helping others. Being apart of the BTL campaign, will allow me to utilize my skills that could possibly help someone in the long term. Being labelled as something you're not is truly unacceptable.

Brittany Hernandez, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I believe the message being shared from the centre of dreams needs to be spread around the world.

Zahra, Markham | Canada

Everyone needs to know that people with disabilities are also human.

Amara, Markham | Canada

Everyone deserves to be treated the same, no matter what.

Callie Karbaliotis, Markham | Canada

to understand others beyond their label that they are given

Amanda Chan, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I believe people shouldn't be judged by how they look and how they are.

Nyle, Markham | Canada

I care about breaking the stigma.

Samantha, Markham | Canada

I would like to be a part of our community and help make a difference in people's lives

mellissa tse, markham | canada

this is important to me because I don't want anyone to be known in this world by a label

Farwa Rizvi, Markham | Ontario

This is important to me because I want more people to understand the message Centre For Dreams is trying to spread.

Ghazal, Markham | Canada

All people are born equal, no matter their gender, race, culture, faiths or beliefs. No one should be excluded because they are different, differences are what make people unique, you should be proud of who you are because there is no one else like you on the earth. You were created unique and special. YOU ARE HUMAN AND WE ALL HAVE FAULTS.

Matthew Lim, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because I have a strong belief that no matter what label you should ever receive, it does not cofine you to that label. Labels should not even be assigned to people (unless they are nothing but positive).

Rebecca Chung, Markham | Canada

It's important that we learn to appreciate, love and accept one another regardless of what we see on the outside.

Hinna Hasan, Markham | Canada

Because Christ died for the able and disabled.

Ashdale Pitter, markham | canada

It is important to me because I truly believe we need to live in a world where we are all treated and loved the same.

Allan Ambida, Markham | Canada

I believe that erasing the stigma of disabilities altogether will give us a chance to be better human beings.

Clarence Chen, Markham | Canada

I pledge to live Beyond The Label because these people are so much more than just a label. What I look for in a person is what's in their heart, and I know for a fact that beyond the label of a person, is a really big heart. I want people to start living beyond the label, because a given label shouldn't define a person... What defines a person is the beauty within them.

Nisha Duraisamy, Markham | Canada

This is important to me because i personally have been labelled and i would not want anyone to be labelled like the way i was.

Mayuri , markham | canada

I would like to help others and make a difference in our modern society

Pearl Kathigesu, Markham | Canada

In today's world, it is very easy to put a label on someone. We readily confine a person with a label Without giving that person a chance to express their true self. It is very easy to put a label but very hard to remove one. By being a part of the BTL campaign, I took my first step towards removing the labels.

Aiman Farheen, Markham | Canada

Many of my long time friends and amazing people I've worked with have developmental delays. By taking this pledge, I want to let everyone else know that these people are just as capable to do tasks big and small. I want to help people see others with developmental delays as people and not labels. They are so much more.

Mallory Fung, Markham | Canada

I think it's important to spread awareness on people with developmental disabilities. It's important because I think people need to know that people with developmental disabilities are able to do what people without a disability can do. They aren't so different. This can help people spread positive labels rather than negative ones.

Karen Kwok, Markham | Canada

BTL is important to me because everyone should be treated the same. People shouldn't be treated differently because there's a label or that they are different from majority.

Grace C, Markham | Canada

This program is breaking down walls of separation, and is making the world a better place for ALL people no matter what their ability, age, ethnicity or gender.

Madison M, Maple | Canada

I believe everybody should have the opportunity to be part of a community and prove themselves as not only as normal human beings but people who can contribute to society

Matthew Antoniani, Beeton | Canada

This is important to me because so many people are discriminated against because of the labels that are put on them and it would be amazing to see people who are happy with who they truly are

Julia Barone, Maple | Canada

Because no one shuld be labeled

Angelo Cioccio, maple | canada

Its important to be be open-minded towards others because you'll never know how people truly are if you judge them based off their looks.

Laurra, Vaughan | Canada

This is important to me because people have put labels on me and I understand how it feels. I wouldn't want anyone else to feel like that and we shouldn't judge people.

Michael bosotti, Maple | Canada

I take the pledge because I see people beyond from their flaws or disabilities. There is so much in people that people don't look at and I want to be the person that looks on a person's personality then there disabilities. I pledge to look beyond the disability and to not label any person.

Christopher, Vaughan | Canada

Because i believe people should be defined by their looks and disabilities but by their abilities and the beauty within them

Emmanuel Mensah, Maple | Canada

Everyone deserves a chance to live a life where they feel comfortable and accepted beyond their labels

Sam, Maple | Canada

There is potential in everyone and everyone should have the opportunity to realize it.

Lia Cristant , Woodbridge | Canada

It's important to see a person for who they are instead of just what you see or think about them. Placing labels on people limits them to just that term and they can be judged for that.

Amal, Maple | Canada

People are more than what they are labelled to be by others

Aaliyah, Maple | Canada

This is important to me because I feel that people should be judge by the content of their character not by their appearance.

Artur, Maple | Canada

To see someone for who they are not for what they are labeled as

Maria Garofalo , Maple | Canada

I think everyone should be given a fair chance. Labels shouldnt speak to peoples lives.

Kimberly, vaughan | canada

Because we are all much more than any label could possibly capture!

Julia Janes, Toronto | Canada

We are all differently abled, no two people are alike...the term "disability" is a thing of the past

Celia Angelucci, Concord, Ontario | Canada

No one deserves to be labelled a certain name because of their disability or what they look like based on their appearance.

Rachele Di Lena, Maple | Country

This is important to me because labeling is harmful in many different ways. It leads to decisions that can bring out negative circumstances and creates differences amongst humanity when we are all equal to one another.

Urhai Bahram, North York | Canada

Fairness and equality should be existent across the board regardless of ones disability. There should be no judgement and everyone should be respected for who they are. Try to inspire and encourage one to go beyond the label. Help them go beyond what people think they are.

Donato Angelucci, Vaughan | Canada

I would like that there was no steriotipes in the world.

Emil Kirakosyan, toronto | canada

Living beyond the label is important to me because I believe we are on confined only by the walls we build ourselves, if one person is able to break this wall others will follow. Every individual is capable of anything they put their mind to and worth far more than they believe.

Josephine Orlando, Vaughan | Canada

My eldest child is autistic and is a member of Dreams and I refuse to allow anyone to suggest that she is less because of her autism. In fact - she is actually much more!

Marcia Toliopoulos, Markham | Canada

we are not born labelled, we are born equal.

Diane Huang, Markham | Canada

I have been wishing to start a group in my area to support ALL disabled people. I am mentally disabled, as is my boyfriend, and we have both been in treatment for many years. I am very open about mine issues. I feel advocacy is SO important. I want to create a place where people can speak...or not speak....have a name tag...or a tag that says no thanks....I need guidance.

Annie Letsche, Fort Wayne, IN | USA

There is NO such thing as Disability, only ABILITY. The only disability is those who do not see the person.

Duke Gray, Scarborough | Canada

We are all the same, only packaged differently. Everyone deserves the right to live life to its fullest. I'm a preschool teacher and I don't believe labels. We are to quick these days to put a label to everything. This needs to change ad most people see the label before the person.

Heidi MacNeil, Barrie | Canada

Everyone has disabilities in their own way. So,in reality we are all the same.

We all have our special needs. Some are just more visible than others and we need to be blind to those and open our hearts and see the wonderful qualities that people have.

Katherine Kisielowski, Pickering, ON | Canada

At the age of 19, I was in a severe car accident. One month in a coma, 3 weeks on life support a broken jaw and pelvis as well as a Traumatic Brain Injury. I was at school studying to become a teacher specializing on children with different abilities prior to my injury. That was side tracked for 6 years, but with my determination I was able to study hard and graduated with my RECE diploma. My main goal is to work with children who have challenges. As I find them to be my light and the purest of souls. I am a proud owner of a brain that has challenges.

Daniella Comisso, Maple, Ontario | Canada

My 19 year old son has Type 1 Diabetes and he never gets teased or labeled, however, it makes me aware of how life can be more difficult for some people.

Wendy Onnasch, Mississauga | Canada

I work with students who are fabulous and unique everyday. I love to share with the community how fantastic they are ...just for who they are (not what they have been "labeled" with).
I love this initiative!!!

Dawn Rosa, Cambridge | Canada

Love, friendship and family

Kourtney Livingston, Orangeville | Canada

There is far too much judgement in today's society. People often "judge the book by its cover" or make assumptions that they know nothing about. Living Beyond The Label is important to me because it challenges that ideology and brings light to those things that others have never considered before. Living Beyond the Label takes the strengths based perspective of understanding inidviduals in society.

Erika Angelucci, Toronto | Canada

People are more complex than a label, name or stereotype that is socially constructed by people who don't know us. We can define who we are, not others!

Melissa Ngo, Markham | Canada

to see more than just a label in others

Robbie Prochilo, Toronto | Canada

Everybody possesses their own unique characteristics and preferences. Labels serve only to divide people from one another. It is when we look beyond these labels that we can truly appreciate the gifts that we all have to offer.

Ashley, Ajax | Canada

I pledge to live beyond my label and to look beyond the label that others are given. Each and every one of us can be defined by so much more than one label. We all have so much to offer this world. Such an inspiring campaign!

Michelle Del Carmen, Markham | Canada

There is so much more to the person than a label. Many people miss out on a very special opportunity to know someone when they let their perception stop them from making a personal connection.

Lucy Lehman, Markham | Canada


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