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People use the R-word, retarded, carelessly or as an insult. Here are stories about ways we've dealt with it.
My son Zach is four years old, and one of only 10 children in the world currently diagnosed with his genetic disorder. He is non verbal, and faces a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities. I refuse to stand by and let anyone reduce his identity by describing him, or anyone like him with t
Me and my friend were being immature and was using inappropriate words like the r-word. Right now I feel bad because there was a person with special needs in that class when I said that word. Me and my friend wish we could apologize to everybody that heard and were affected by it. My advice is to be
Let's make an effort to remove ugly phrases from our language and discourage those who use those words in a derogatory manner from doing so.
I had a dear friend with special needs. When I first met her I didn't know what to think of her.
I was walking to the supermarket the other day and a person starts beeping their horn at me and yells out at me, calling me a "retard."
Really, I credit fully my sister's deep compassion for mentally challenged people that broke me from using the "R" word in my teens.
William Edwin Baxter.
I have two cousins with intellectual disabilities. One has what is believed to be a brain injury from a very high fever when he was very young and the other has Fragile X Syndrome.
So when I got pregnant with my first child I didn't know anything was wrong until she was about seven months old. The doctors sent us to a special center and did two weeks of testing.
The R WORD was never tolerated in our home. Whenever someone we knew or didn't know used that word, we let them know it was NOT ACCEPTABLE.
I'm watching a movie on the USA Network. The characters were discussing Autism and the network censored out the R-word. BLEEP!
STEPHEN F. COSTON
When I attended elementary school to high school from the late 60's to the 70's, a lot of my peers called me the R-word.
Nichole M. Shewbert
Growing up I was called a retard in school and by my peers. Today, I teach students math.
Recently I heard my dad say the r-word. It bothers me, because I have a younger sister with Down syndrome.
I love my cousin and I can't imagine life without him. I thank God he let us keep him!
Shawn was at one my school functions and he was called the R word without me knowing and came home in tears asking mom if he was "retarded."
I used to get called the R word every day at my old job. The guy had autism too, and he thought it was funny.
My experiences have reinforced my pledge to never use the R word and to discourage those around me from ever using it.
My son Brian has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
One of my best friends when I was about 6 years old was Charlie Boy. He had Down syndrome, and he was funny, kind hearted and loved to play with me and my younger sister.
Coby Jane has Fragile X syndrome. Every day is a struggle, but she takes it all in stride with a beautiful smile upon her face.
Sheena West Jennings
Alicia Dudow, now 46 years old & contary to doctors who at the age of one advised us to place her in a facility since she would never be able to be independent, she has proven all wrong.
Some boys at my school called the special needs children "retards" that really hurt me.
Growing up, I was taught to never demean others because of their differences. I always tried my best to respect those with disabilities.
Willis Junior High's Best Buddies Program in Chandler, Arizona has been doing an incredible job with their Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
In 2015, my daughter was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal deletion. She is now nearly two years old, she is my love, my life.
bee a special education teacher
My godfather's sister had Down syndrome. She never went to school. Catherine was my big sister I never had.
Had a nominal FB friend post an ableist meme on his page. I told him it was the visual version of calling someone retard and please to think before posting such things.
I am a 43 year old mother of 18 year old twin girls. When they were in the first grade, they were tested by the county school system and legally label "mentally retarded".
There is a group of kids, that only use these words because they know that i am against it. How do i help them understand the deeper meaning behind these words?
I was at school and I heard my friend Harrison say the r-word when I told him not to say it he asked why.
I should have known then, that the word would become one of the 'should be abolished' words. Words hurt more than blows.
I try to stop everyone around me using these words, but to stop it completely is a much larger battle that needs a lot more people to stand together.
I have trained numerous of my friends to not use the R-Word and have taught them the damage it truly does.
I, sadly, suffer from anxiety and depression. When I have panic attacks, everyone just stares and sometimes, they laugh.
My inspiration is a group of special ed kids that I work with at my Middle school. They are often made fun of on the bus and come home upset. I would like this word to be prevented because it is not a friendly thing to say to people.
Our school held the Spread the Word to End the Word awareness day in March.
It really sickens me to see people indirectly bullying people with a disability.
The R-Word has affected many people in this world and my school has taken action on it.
My daughter, a sister, granddaughter, friend, student, Special Olympics athlete, animal lover, reader and oh so many other things.
Growing up I always heard kids around me using the r-Word, little did they know that I am on the Autism Spectrum.