Today is national Spread the Word to End the Word day. We parents of kids with special needs are really hoping everyone will stop using the word “retard” or “retarded” in a derogatory way. When someone says “Oh that’s so retarded!” what they are really saying is “Oh that’s so stupid!” I’ll be the first to tell you that Olivia, who technically does have mental retardation, is NOT stupid. She’s smarter than most people I know. I know many intelligent adults who use the “R” word on a regular basis and it makes them sound like an idiot. I used to say it myself before I understood the impact of the word. I meant “stupid” and in using “retarded” instead, I was the stupid one. I’m glad my eyes were opened.
Would you consider visiting here and taking the pledge to help end the word? And would you consider spreading the word as well?
Olivia and I would really appreciate it.