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i hate the r word. i always have. I'm 15 and when i hear say things like "aw i don't want to ride the retard bus." or "thats the retarded class room."
My brother, who has autism and is high functioning, is very important to me and my family. As a 14-year-old, I know a lot of kids my age misuse the r-word and with that comes different scenarios.
I grew up with fraternal twins, one "normal" and one with Down's Syndrome. He protected us from the bullies with his strength and we protected him from the teasers with our double team.
My baby sister was born when I was 4 & not like other babies. She was born with Down Syndrome. It did't make me love her any less.
I remember in high school a long, long time ago when school kids rode dinosaurs to school that we use to tease the intellectually challenged call them the r-word. After I got out of school and into college we still called people the r-word.
Myles Bennett, @RethinkRetarded
My aunt was mentally and physically disabled. My entire family is sensitive to the use of the R-word. Realizing that there is a serious social issue that isn't getting the recognition it deserves, I started a movement called Rethink Retarded.
Well my story begins when i was a freshman in high school and all the time i would hear people say the r-word and it would drive me crazy so i decided to join meet in the middle to stop the r-word cause everyone needs respect
KHS Best Buddies Club Parent Team
My daughter Kearstyn experienced 3 Right Frontal Lobe Infarct (Strokes) at birth delivery. From the beginning we heard nothing but negative, negative, negative and nothing positive or even what to expect.
I am my son's voice since he is not fully verbal and his cousins and his Dad as well as I are always the first to stand between him and the uneducated people that need a reminder on common courtesy. My son is no different than any other child he is just more Loving.
i get angry when i hear someone say the r-word retard and its just so annoying that i started to join my meet in the middle group and i its amazing that i was able to help out with the spread r-word campaign for my school
My son Zachary was born with Down syndrome. When I went to get his SSI going, the lady told me to sign the paper saying he's the R word... I refused.
I will always have Aspergers but I will have the support of my family, friends, and those who know how I am. Like my favorite line from my favorite movie, "Temple Grandin," we are "different, but not less." That is my life motto.
I have never used the r-word. Although I know many people don't mean any harm by saying it... When I hear it, it cuts deep.
On my 3rd birthday, my life & the way I viewed the world was forever changed!! My little brother Justin was born & he was the greatest birthday present I have ever received. Yes, he has Down Syndrome.but,, no that's not WHO he is.
Kimberly A. Stine
First off, when I was in High School I wasn't popular either and was classified as gothic and into dark stuff..But when I lived in Pennsylvania, I was a volunteer each year at the events that had taken place at our school.
I have never had a "bad" day with my group. The folks I coach energize me as they do those around them.
I have two grandsons (brothers) diagnosed with full-blown autism and one grandson (their cousin) with Asperger's. I work in a school lunchroom and have the privilege of serving the special needs classes.
It is so terrible...That "normal" kids will make fun of disabled children.
There is no such thing as normal! My best friend is disabled...He's not stupid.
I am all against the R-Word and people at my school use it like its nothing!
its bugs me when people say the r word a lot so i decided to join meet in the middle for my freshman year and i am still in meet in the middle for this year and i toke the pledge to erase the rword
Last year, I met Mary Francis and during my 50-meter race I saw her on the ground, so I stopped, ran back and got her up and we both crossed the finish line together.
I get very upset, because as a parent to a child with an emotional disability, she is not allowed to participate or be part of special groups such as the dance team. This is discrimination.
My Aunt Brenda is a inspiration to me. She is why I want to be a special education teacher. My Aunt Kristi doesn't use the r-word and gets very upset when someone says it near her.
As a child in the '70s, I was called "retarded" by my peers. I'd run home from school crying as the kids shouted that word at my back. It seared itself into my ears and into my mind.
I've only been in Meet in the Middle for a little over a year and I've not only made a difference in their lives (athletes) but they've made a difference in mine. They've turned my whole life around and on the right course.
I spend a lot of time reading political posts on the internet. Every time I see "retard" or a variation of it "libtard" on internet posts, I paste the link to the R Word page.
I am a a teacher and I have banned the word "retard" in my classroom.
I hate it when I hear my friends use this word to mean "stupid." I help teach a special ed class, and the children are by no means stupid.
I just took the online Comedy Defensive Driving Course online and they actually use the line "Helmets aren't just for retards, they are also for motorcyclists." WHAT JERKS!
Butch & Krista Bouchard
I have a sister with Down Syndrome and have always known this word to be hurtful and wrong. I have fought against the use of this word.
The R word should never be used because it could very easily hurt peoples feelings really bad. And it should not be used at all. I think it is a very mean word to say.
I was livid and sadly, I had no words. I looked around the room to see other's reactions,and no one spoke up. I just couldn't believe what I had just heard.I have heard others use the R-word in a demeaning manner,but I certainly wouldn't expect it from a group of educators.
It is upsetting as a mother to have your children hurt this way. This word while used casually by some people do not understand the hurt that comes along with it to those that it affects. As well as their families.
They called both of us in, and the first thing the kid said was, "Why even try to make me stop, you know it's not going to work". And I simply said, "Because everyone deserves the right to be happy, and with you calling people that, that makes you and others not happy."
I have a brother with Down syndrome who means the world to me. When I hear someone use the r word, my heart sinks and I feel my face getting flushed.
My grandson Jaxx has Down's syndrome and people look at him with pity. He doesn't need your pity. He needs to accepted for the beautiful child he is. He needs to be helped to be the best person he can be, and I believe he will be more than most people think. He is special, and I love him.