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Mom's Message To The Man Who Called A 'Retard' Halloween Costume 'Hilarious'
"It still makes me feel so sad that some people look at our kids as a joke."
When You Choose Words, You Can Do Better Than the R-Word
John Franklin Stephens
Special Olympics Global Messenger
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
Beth Sullivan is Chairperson of the International Down Syndrom...
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.
Don't Say The 'R-Word'
Queen of all stuff.
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
Special Olympics volunteer
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
Special Olympics Team USA powerlifting coach, Executive Direct...
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"
Mother and writer
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
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
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
Special Olympics athlete
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."
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Belated But Essential Steps to Respect
Author, 'Raising Henry'
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
That should about settle it. To clear up any remaining confusion, the Military Special Needs Network, a group that supports
Respect Is the New R-Word
Ann Margaret Carrozza
Asset Protection and Estate Planning Attorney, Author, TV Lega...
We, as a society, have been using these phrases for several decades. "Mentally retarded" was considered a medical description
Supreme Court Finally Takes Big Step In Putting An End To The 'R Word'
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided on May 27 that states can no longer rely on a simple IQ test to determine if
American Idol Contestant Caleb Johnson Called Out After Referring To Fans As 'Retards'
Asked after the show to reflect on how he felt about fans selecting songs for him to sing via social media, Johnson had this
More Than 2,000 Schools Adopt Grassroots Campaign To End The Use Of The 'R-Word'
"We grew up with a front-row seat to the pain and anguish that this word causes a lot of people with intellectual disabilities
Ending the 'R-Word' as a Punch Line
Board of Directors, Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks
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
Senior Editor, HuffPost
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
WNBA Player, Chicago Sky
I had been blessed with gifts that the world recognized: height, agility, coordination and strength.
Writer, blogger and advocate
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
Mother, writer, editor, content consultant, pro snacker
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
Chief Marketing Office, ConsenSys
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
Special Olympics Global Messenger
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
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
Actor; Ambassador, Special Olympics Spread the Word to End the...
When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."
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