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Rosas Law R Word

Belated But Essential Steps to Respect

Rachel Adams | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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.

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.