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R Word

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."

I Am the Author of the Open Letter to Chuck Klosterman Regarding the R-word

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

At the risk of sounding trite, Mr. Klosterman is who we have been waiting for. People with intellectual disabilities and their families and friends and allies have been waiting for someone of his stature and character to come to the fore.

Why I Refuse to Care About the Redskins Name Controversy

Andi Sligh | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Andi Sligh

There's something very wrong with a society that obsesses over the nickname of a professional football franchise but sees nothing wrong with the everyday use of the word "retard."

Ravens QB Pledges To Stop Using 'R-Word'

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.20.2013 | Sports

After facing criticism in January for using the word "retarded" during a pre-Super Bowl interview, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took the so...

Let's Help 'Spread the Word to End the Word'

Naba Sharif, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Naba Sharif, M.D.

When I hear the word "retarded" used to describe someone or something that is unintelligent, silly or even as a filler word when another adjective doesn't suffice, it literally makes me cringe.

Quiz: Do You Get Why You Shouldn't Say The R-Word?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

To illuminate why the r-word is so demeaning, why parents take it so personally and why this isn't just about a word, I put together a little quiz I hope you'll share. The prize for acing it: a lifetime supply of compassion, consideration and soul.

What's Wrong with 'Retard'?

Soeren Palumbo | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Soeren Palumbo

When we replace words like "retard" with others like "peer," "co-worker," or "friend," we all benefit from a more complete and beautiful understanding of what it means to be human.

Stopping The R-word Is Not Enough: Culture -- Not Just Language -- Must Change

Meghan Morris | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Meghan Morris

Censorship has no place in democracy, but self-examination does. The larger goal behind "Spread the word to end the word" is not to replace the r-word with another equally stigmatizing phrase, but to increase inclusion for those who may speak, act or move differently.

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.

Parents In Uproar Over Ann Coulter Tweets

Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents

Ann Coulter used only 74 of Twitter’s allotted 140 characters for her brief debate recap on Monday night -- but six of those were enough to awaken i...

Pledge To Ban The 'R-Word' For Good

Posted 03.08.2012 | Impact

Nine-year-old Max is bright, funny and motivated. He also has cerebral palsy, a condition his mom fears will lead people to insult him with insensitiv...