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John Franklin Stephens

Here's When It's OK To Use The 'R-Word' In 1 Nifty Chart

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact

It may seem harmless, perfectly acceptable even, considering that the "R-word" is in the dictionary and even once was used to describe a medical condi...

I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word

John Franklin Stephens | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
John Franklin Stephens

You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability.

LOOK: 5 Messages That Will Move You On World Down Syndrome Day

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.21.2013 | Impact

On World Down Syndrome Day, advocates across the globe come together to push for more inclusion, demonstrate what it really means to live with Down sy...

An Open Letter To Ann Coulter

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Timothy P. Shriver

I'm a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public's perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

Special Olympics Athlete Writes Open Letter To Ann Coulter Over 'Retard' Remark

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.25.2012 | Impact

Ann Coulter made waves when she called President Barack Obama a "retard" in a tweet after the presidential debate on Monday night. And on Tuesday, she...