They taught us that words are powerless:
"A little less conversation, a little more action."
"Sticks and stones."
"Actions speak louder than words."
"Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action."
Even DMX taught us that "talk is cheap."
But is it? We launched Spread the Word...
Over the past five years, Spread the Word to End the Word has elicited thousands of stories and perspectives answering the question "what's wrong with 'retard'?" But none of them have been as poignant and powerful as that given by Jonathan Franklin Stephens, a self-advocate and author with Down syndrome....
In our society of child psychology and guidance counseling, one would be hard pressed to find someone who does not acknowledge the pernicious consequences and prevalence of childhood bullying.
Take, for example, our friend Tyler. Tyler, now in his 20s, was verbally and emotionally abused inside and...