Introducing Assistant Case Manager, Wesley Ronczka!

As we celebrate Brain Injury Awareness Month, we'd like you to meet our Acquired Brain Injury Services Management Team!

Six Things You May Not Know About Wesley Ronczka!

1. He grew up going to stock car races at Stafford Motor Speedway and Riverside Park with his family!

2. He can’t wait to purchase his own home someday (hopefully he will utilize Marrakech’s employee benefit, the “Home Ownership Program” to help with that)!

3. Music from the 1950’s always puts Wes in a good mood!

4. He is afraid of heights, but would love to be able to fly!

5. He misses his first car dearly, which was a 1978 Chevrolet Malibu classic with a 305 v8 that, growing up, he helped his dad work on!

6. Loves working in the ABI program because even though there is always a lot going on, his team is still able to do a great job handling any situation that comes up!


"R" You Aware?

Don’t be a retard. That’s so retarded. The R-word has become part of our everyday slang. Most of us probably don’t even think twice about it when we hear it. But we should. Using the R-word is hurtful and offensive to the millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is just as hurtful as other derogatory language that we have worked hard as a society to eliminate from our everyday language. People with intellectual disabilities deserve that same respect.

As human beings, we all want to be treated with dignity. People with intellectual disabilities are no different and are no less human. Stand up and join us in the campaign to Spread the Word to END the Word. Together, we can be part of the movement that ends the stigma associated with intellectual disabilities and we can start by taking the pledge to stop the use of the R-Word now.

Visit www.r-word.org to take the pledge and find out more on how you can take action to END the word. Stay tuned to Marrakech’s Facebook page on and leading up to Wednesday, March 5th for more updates, links and photos.

Spread the Word to End the Word was created by youth with and without intellectual disabilities who participated in the Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The motivation for the campaign was driven by a united passion to promote the positive contributions people with intellectual disabilities make to communities around the world combined with a simple call to action – a pledge to stop using a word – that also symbolizes positive attitude change and a commitment to make the world a more accepting place for all people.