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End the Word

Adults Need to Take the Pledge to Not Say the R-Word Too

Andrea Bradley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Andrea Bradley

As children, we heard the R-word all the time -- on the playground, on the bus, even coming out of our own mouths. Even as adults we hear the R-word being used in so-called polite company.

To the Radio Station That Described the Weather as "Retarded"

Tara McCallan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Tara McCallan

Even after having Pip, close people in my life still use the word without thinking. And while I'm not normally an "R-Word Crusader," I do have to honestly admit I cringe inside each and every time I hear it said.

We Took a Stand Against the R-Word and Changed the Face of Our High School

Tanealya Hueth | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Tanealya Hueth

We decided to take a stand to make our school a more inclusive and welcoming place. To do so, we believed our school needed to stop using the R-word.

Is It Time For This Word To Go?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Language is a living thing, regularly pruning words that once had benign meaning ("retarded", for instance, was a medical term for "slowed") after they take on connotations beyond their original point. This process is not just window dressing or political correctness but rather a chance and provides a regular re-evaluation of whether we are saying what we really mean.

WATCH: Fighting To End The 'R-Word'

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

Wednesday, March 7 marks the annual "Spread the Word to End the Word" advocacy day, where mental health activists and support agencies campaign for pl...