The “R-word” or “retard” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted by so many.
Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual disabilities.
The R-Word Campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.
TO PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO ERADICATE THE “R-WORD” visit: www.r-word.org