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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.

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.

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...

Removing The Word 'Retarded' From Our Language

| Posted 08.28.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Joanna Lin A bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature won't change any services, righ...

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...

Jane Lynch In Striking Hit Out Against The R Word

Posted 07.25.2011 | Entertainment

Her "Glee" character Sue Sylvester may be caustic and a bit foul mouthed, but off the screen, Jane Lynch is working to stamp out hateful, discriminato...

The Potency of the R-Word

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ami Fields-Meyer

Retarded. It's ubiquitous. I can't escape it. But I have never gotten used to hearing it. Some words serve a variety of purposes; but some are meant to be attached to one exclusive definition.

Spread the Word to End the Word

John C. McGinley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John C. McGinley

The R-word demeans a group that is not in a position to defend itself. This is a civil call to integrate a simple change into the way we treat, regard and address the special needs population.

Has Rahm Emanuel Become a Liability for the White House?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It was understood that concerns about Emanuel's abrasive personality and general political outlook could be ignored if he helped Obama succeed in the White House. Emanuel, however, has not helped Obama succeed in the White House.

Don't Trust Sarah Palin When She Cries "Disability"!

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

If Palin really cared about people with disabilities, she would be supporting health care legislation and stronger enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sarah Palin Responds To "Family Guy" And Repeats Call For Rahm Emanuel To Resign

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Fox News analyst Sarah Palin appeared "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday and again called for Rahm Emanuel to resign. Palin criticized the "Family Guy" fo...

Arianna Weighs In On The Tension Between Palin And The Tea Party (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" Friday evening to talk about tension between Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement. Tea Party l...

Palin Satire Rationalization F-Ing Laughable

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Young

(Reprinted from "F--ing retarded" Presidential Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel scolding a liberal group at a private meeting at...

N*ggers, K*kes, F*ggots, C*nts, W*ps and the R-word

John C. McGinley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John C. McGinley

All these words perpetuate negative stigmas. They are painful. And that is not okay. It is wrong to pain people with our language. Especially when we have already been made aware of our oral transgressions' impact.

Meghan McCain Calls Out Tea Party For Racism, On 'The View' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Meghan McCain believes Sarah Palin's double standard for Rahm Emanuel and Rush Limbaugh is "what's wrong with politics today." McCain weighed in on...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The difference between Sarah Palin's reaction to Rahm Emanuel's ill-advised use of the word "retarded" (directed at liberals), and Rush Limbaugh's use of the word (directed at advocates for the mentally handicapped) speaks volumes. When it was reported that Emanuel used the word in a private meeting -- one time -- Palin quickly took to Facebook and, mentioning Emanuel by name, called on President Obama to fire him. When Limbaugh repeatedly used the term on his radio show, Palin did nothing. Then, after being goaded by commentators, she had her spokesperson offer a generic criticism of "demeaning name calling," never mentioning Limbaugh by name -- and even had her spokesperson phone Rush to assure him she hadn't used his name. Then, in an interview with Fox that aired this morning, Palin defended Limbaugh's use of "retards" as "satire." Which it wasn't -- unless I'm missing the humor in calling a meeting of advocates for the mentally handicapped "a retard summit."

Arianna Discusses Sarah Palin's Stunning Hypocrisy (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" Friday and explained that Sarah Palin's refusal to call out Rush Limbaugh for his use of the word...

An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Timothy P. Shriver

I incredulously listened to the segment on Rush Limbaugh's show in which he repeatedly and offensively used the term "retard" in reference to our meeting with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Rage Against Rahm Was, Well, "Retarded"

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Well we have come to a pretty pass. Now people are being forced to apologize for the use of a legitimate word -- even when correctly used in context ...