In a past blog I have talked about taking the pledge to support the elimination of the demeaning use to the R-word when referring to people with intellectual disabilities. For this weeks blog I am going to revisit the topic because March 6h is Spread the Word to End the Word Day.
The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.
People don’t always mean to offend others when they use they R-word, it’s become such an ingrained part of our everyday culture that we don’t stop and think about the people we are hurting. That is one of the reasons why this campaign is so important.
On March 6 join people around the world as they unite to Spread the Word to End the Word for the 5th annual awareness day, aimed at ending the hurtful use of the R-word and it’s negative impact on people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions. Special Olympics and Best Buddies International encourage people all over the world to pledge now to use respectful language at http://www.R-word.org and build communities of respect and inclusion for all people.
Everyone deserves a chance to be heard and everyone deserves a chance to be treated as an equal, no matter the disability or challenge that they may face. It’s time to stand up for that right. Check out the facebook page and Spread the Word to End the Word at https://www.facebook.com/EndtheWord