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Spread the Word to End the Word

Most people don’t think of this word as hate speech, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and friends. Using “retard” as a term of derision is just as cruel and offensive as any other slur.

Spread the Word to End the Word will raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word and encourage people to pledge to stop using it. America will be asked to declare their support for more respectful and inclusive language, specifically that referring to those with intellectual disabilities.

Have you taken the pledge? Let us know by signing Mr. Linky below.

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Tami said...

One of my sisters has a daughter who is autistic. Sadly, kids have been cruel to her. We refrain from ever using that word and anyone of the kids friends who have ever said it, have come out with an ear full. It's such a hurtful word.

Suzanne said...

I so agree with this! When I was pregnant with my daughter, there were spots on her brain and I was told that the likelihood of mental retardation was very real. It was a medical term for a medical diagnosis...and from that day forward I vowed to fight it's use in any other way.

ModernMom said...

The r word is worse then any cuss in our house. This is a great "Mr. Linky'!

Storm said...

It is so refreshing to hear of other mothers who agree that the R word should not be used in a negative way. Please post about this on your own blog, add your pledge, and link up here to Mr. Linky.

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