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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.
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.
Pashence Rose Aaby
Stop bulling just because we are different we are just like you and we don't need to be put down
In honor of my daughter Lidea...who is special needs. This is for all other with challenges. They should all be accepted like all others and never have to hear the "R" word!
Abigail and Sophia Smith
My cousin has a disability. When he was born he had many operations, more than I can count and it affected the way he talks and eats and breathes.
My son stutters. All through his school years he was made fun of. I would volunteer at the school up until high school.
my best friend is named Haley, she is a 13 year old who has Down syndrome. there are boys in my grade who call her the r word
My girls have spoken to their school and area schools and churches for the second year to get kids and adults aware of spreading the word. They do this on behalf of their sister, Chelsea.
My son has mental and physical disabilities and to me he is not stupid or dumb but one of the smartest people I've ever known he is my special blessing from God. God don't make junk
Her name is Adia. It means gift from God in Swahili. She is.
Every person in the world deserves a little kindness shown toward them.
I've never let that word used in my home. We have friends with handicapped children - It always felt wrong and unacceptable.
I was a counselor for people with mental challenges.
It started in middle school everybody would call me mean names even the r word I'm like going to the principles office but they didn't do anything.
Sister Clarice Korger, O.S.B.
I pledge for my nephew, because he is AWESOME! I pledge for students that my housemates work with. EVERY human being should be treated with RESPECT.
Needless to say I was extremely alarmed when one of the state agencies I started working with had the account under: Department of M R.!!??
I pledge and support to end the R- word. I have been a vitcim of people calling me the r- word in high school and everyday life
I have a younger brother who is on the Autism spectrum. He inspires me to keep on going. Without him I wouldn't be who I am today. Xander, I love you keep on doing you.
I hate hearing the R word because even though my son doesn't understand that it's hurtful, I do.
Its very degrading, to me the r-word is as bad as saying cuss words.
Kandi Sue Tisone
I'm tired of people calling me retarded. I'm saying no more.
I've walked around throughout the school seeing people disrespect the others. Calling names and shoving others around.
so i'm 12 and I have a few people with special needs and I hear people call people the r-word.
In my eyes the word is no different other negative words directed toward a specific race or sexuality. They'really all nasty words.
my issue is with people using the "R word" to describe something or action that they feel is "asinine" or ridiculous.
I get picked at by people who use the r word because I have austim and don't like to be touched and I get so they call me the r word
I am taking the pledge for my son and all his new friends with SOKY. My son has missing chromosome 22q, genetic disorder. Let's get rid of this word...!!!
Lia heard and said to me what that mean, retard? I was at a loss for words.
Rose c Fuentes
My Markus is my son with special needs, he is my everything, we are very involved in Special Olympics.
My brother was born in the year 1947 in a time when a child with Down syndrome was labeled as a retard or retarded!
In my house, ever since I can remember, the word “Retard,” has been the worst word you could possibly say. Worse than any curse word.
Debra L White
I try and explain he means no harm and just wants to make friends. But these adults are too ignorant to explain this to their children
Neil's mom Margie
They remained friends until the day came in high school when his friend was known to the high school band members as "the kid with the retarded friend".