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.