Sunday, March 15, 2009
Spread The Word, To Stop The Word
As John says, there is no nice way to use the word "retard." If you are using this word without thinking about it, consider some of the other words that you would never, ever call someone, and add this word to the list.
Please. Please consider how hurtful it is, how deeply ingrained the indignity is when someone utters it in a mocking tone.
If you know me personally, please do it for Paige. If you are visiting this blog because you have a family member with a developmental delay, please spread the word to your family and friends.
There is no shame in having a developmental delay or a disability of any kind. Trust me, some of the greatest human beings you will ever meet are ones that you may have just walked right by without even noticing or acknowledging. Do them and yourself a favor and see others as fully living and loving human beings, no matter what the differences.
Please stop using the R word - replace it with respect.