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Mom's Message To The Man Who Called A 'Retard' Halloween Costume 'Hilarious'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.28.2016 | Parents

One day at lunch, Dustin Daughtry heard a co-worker praise a “retard” costume he’d seen someone wear for Halloween. The co-worker described it a...

When You Choose Words, You Can Do Better Than the R-Word

John Franklin Stephens | Posted 03.03.2017 | Impact
John Franklin Stephens

When I was asked if I would write something for today's observance of Spread the Word, To End the Word, I decided to finish and make public a poem I have been working on for a while. I have modeled it on my favorite poem by Robert Frost.

The Weight of Our Words: Self-Advocate Speaks Out Against the R-word

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

The use of the R-word may seem harmless enough -- until real people get hurt. That one simple word affects people deeply. It hurts people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it hurts their families and it hurts their friends.

The Other 'R-Word' I Don't Want To Hear

Debbie Galant | Posted 07.16.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Galant

For many people my age, the word 'retirement' has even worse connotations. One of my friends shrivels her nose whenever the topic comes up, as if the very word contains a whiff of nursing home. For my husband, the word is freighted with images of ancients in Florida.

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.

It's Time to Stop Saying the R-Word, and Everyone Needs to Play a Part

Todd Youngblood | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Todd Youngblood

These amazing athletes are the ones that educate our community each day so that the "r-word" is not accepted.

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.

Spread This: Be Good to People With Intellectual Disabilities

Soeren Palumbo | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Soeren Palumbo

If you want to join us in building a world of respect and connectedness, then your directive is clear and simple: be good to people with intellectual disabilities.

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.

The Only R-word in Our Dictionary is RESPECT

Mary Ellen Powers | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Mary Ellen Powers

According to some of my friends who are athletes in Special Olympics, when they hear the word 'retard' being used in that context, they feel hurt, anger, sadness, disgust -- and I even heard "It's like a knife cutting into my heart."

Belated But Essential Steps to Respect

Rachel Adams | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Rachel Adams

When the people we entrust with our health and wellbeing use the term "retarded," they grant legitimacy to a word that has been deemed offensive by the culture at large. They cause harm to the very people they have pledged to heal.

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...

Respect Is the New R-Word

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Ann Margaret Carrozza

New York State is one of only a handful of states that has not removed the archaic terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from its laws. ...

Supreme Court Finally Takes Big Step In Putting An End To The 'R Word'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact

A recent Supreme Court ruling may only help a few inmates on death row, but the wording of the decision could have an immeasurable impact on anyone wi...

American Idol Contestant Caleb Johnson Called Out After Referring To Fans As 'Retards'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact

In just one sentence last week, American Idol contestant Caleb Johnson managed to upset both the fans he relies on for support and people with develop...

More Than 2,000 Schools Adopt Grassroots Campaign To End The Use Of The 'R-Word'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact

You've heard it said, you may have spoken the word yourself, but Soeren Palumbo and Timbo Shriver are intent on eradicating it from the English langua...

Ending the 'R-Word' as a Punch Line

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Lou Melgarejo

March 5 marked the annual observance of the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign. Sadly, there is still a long way to go.

Breaking Down Common Defenses For Using The R-Word

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Sahaj Kohli

In order to rewire your thoughts on the r-word, you have to understand that there are legitimate arguments against your defenses for using it.

Let's Pledge to Respect People Like My Sister

Elena Delle Donne | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Elena Delle Donne

I had been blessed with gifts that the world recognized: height, agility, coordination and strength.

What 'Retarded' Does And Does Not Mean

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

For me, it's not just any old word -- it's my daughter. My beautiful, bright, happy, loving, amazing daughter who is slow or limited in intellectual development and academic progress.

20 Reasons You Should Respect My Child With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

3. Because no matter what a child's diagnosis -- Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism -- he has a lot of obstacles to overcome in this world, and your respect can help fuel his confidence.

What I'm Actually Giving Up For Lent

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Amanda Gutterman

I am making an exception and giving something up for Lent. That thing? Saying the R-word.

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.

They Taught Us Words Are Powerless, and They Were Wrong

Tim Shriver | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Tim Shriver

We believe that young people -- empowered by a movement of their peers -- can change how we see and treat individuals with disabilities with their words, and then more.

What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

John C. McGinley | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
John C. McGinley

When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."