Wednesday, March 5, 2014

End the Word - the R Word

Stop using the word "retarded." Why? Because it is derogatory and demeaning. How many times have you said someone was "retarded" or that some thing was "retarded?" Well, stop it now! 

Other words that are not demeaning:
Use the diagnosis
Slow 
Challenged
Has difficulties
Is learning
Is trying

Ridiculous
Unusual
Quirky
Off
Stupid
Dumb
Insane

Pledge today to end the word. The R Word that is. Visit r-word.org.

On a personal note, I have autism. It does not affect my intellect or my capacity to have emotions. When you use that word with me. it makes me sad and angry. It is devaluing. So please just stop using that word.


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