March 30, 2009

Pledge to BAN the R-Word

I challenge you to sign the pledge today and find a way to pass the word. We have stood up and not accepted racial slurs, religious slurs as well as many other OFFENSIVE names. This is no different...unless you consider the fact that 9 times out of 10 when a person uses the word 'retarded' against another they do not realize that they have been heard--and understood.

As a mother of a child with special needs I challenge you to rise above the casual use of the r-word.

As a parent of a child with special needs I will tell you that it hurts deeply when you refer to something or someone as retarded.

As a parent of a child with special needs I will tell you it hurts deeply when someone refers to my child that way. That's right, we are not immune to it in our lives. I have stopped my older boys from going after your children who have repeated you. I guess you should know, it hurts them too.


E said...

I promise. I am with you. And I will make it my business to correct every adolescent boy I hear...sweetly and with love. We will spread this message into the school s and into the streets. I stand with you

My name is Kristie said...

I posted about this too. This is so common that people need a rude awakening. I posted the video you shared on Twitter a few days back.

My daughter had started using this word a couple of weeks ago (she's 15)and after giving her all the reasons to stop I would still hear it slip out every now & them.

So I had her watch the video and she was visibly touched. She really is the most kind hearted girl, but she didn't think about exactly what she was doing.

I'm glad that there is some attention being brought to this and I hope it makes people change.


Ashlyn Adell said...

Coming from a soon to be special education teacher, this really brought tears to my eyes! I think it takes real courage for a teen boy to stand up and fight! Good for him! And what an incredible speech it was!