The word to describe the driver who cut you off is: inconsiderate.
The word to describe the way that you tripped and fell is: clumsy.
The word to describe the request that your boss made is: ridiculous.
The word to describe the joke you thought wasn’t very funny is: silly.
The word to describe the camera you couldn’t get to work right is: defective.
I know that when you use ret-rd(ed) in your everyday speech that you aren’t thinking about me or my son. But when you use the r-word in casual conversation, it is never a compliment, and it is an insult to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Always.
Using the r-word is hurtful.
Using the r-word is lazy.
Using the r-word is disrespectful.
Using the r-word is offensive.
Using the r-word shows that you don’t value people with intellectual disabilities or their families.
Using the r-word reveals that you are a snob. That you are think you are better than other people.
When you use the r-word, you reveal who you really are. In living color, you open the curtain and proudly display your own personal defects. Your inability to love unconditionally. Your lack of compassion. Your ignorance.
This is my son.
He is beautiful.
He is loving.
He is playful.
He is valuable.
He is smart.
He is not defective.
He is not a retard.
For more information on the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, please visit http://r-word.org.