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posted Jan 9, 2017, 8:31 AM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:14 AM ]

InterACT NOLA is a theater company comprised of actors with and without disabilities whose mission is to change perceptions about people with intellectual disabilities through art and expression.  We have performed musical productions  in major theaters in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes for the past four years to raise awareness of bullying, the use of hurtful words and actions  that are dehumanizing to people who are considered different.   

In July 2016, InterACT created their community outreach project bringing their original musical production, Spread the Word to End the Word to local elementary and middle schools at no cost.  Immediately following the performance is a talk-back session that concludes with a challenge to take a pledge and make the commitment to end the R-word and raise the consciousness of society about the R-word not only in their school, but with their families, friends and in their communities.

We are proud to announce that Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA), Arc of Greater New Orleans and the national Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign have formed a partnership to empower young people as agents of change - fostering respect and dignity, and to become advocates for people with and without intellectual disabilities. The Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. We would like to acknowledge and thank Metropolitan Human Services District and Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority for their ongoing support.  


To schedule this campaign and FREE performance at your school, please contact Norelia Reed, InterACT NOLA Director at 504-897-0134 or email  and together, let’s Spread the Word to End the Word!