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People use the R-word, retarded, carelessly or as an insult. Here are stories about ways we've dealt with it.
After a long time hearing the word I had been just nicely asking to stop. Than my gym teacher used the word to make fun of me.
When my children were small, we had a neighbor who had, among other things, autism. Our kids grew up with him and just knew him as John.
If you find yourself struggling with the idea of showing persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities a little RESPECT, take the time to meet them.
I've felt bad for saying the R-word even to my brothers because it can be a mean word.
One time I saw about 3 people making fun of a down syndrome girl and it made me mad and and I felt really bad for the girl.
As I have scrolled through this website, I see people talk about how the "R" word is used so easily these days.
When you look at our Duder, do you see intellectual disability? Most likely not.
We have some pretty awful neighbors. The mother and her teenage children decided it was okay to scream the r word in the faces of my 6, 8, and 10 year olds because my 10 year old has ADHD.
I was called retarded and worse several times throughout high school, and I feel mentally damaged by it. Point is, just don't use the r- or even the n-word ever. It can really affect someone's life for the worse.
I was born with disabilities.I worked hard to be like everyone else. I been hurt be people say the r word to me. But I can do just as much as you.
Special Olympics participated in a panel at Georgetown University on January 25 for students in the Disability Studies Initiative. The panel introduced students to individuals with and without intellectual disabilities and how their lives have changed through their involvement in Special Olympics,
Hey I'm Sacoiya. I'm 18 years old and glad to take the pledge I grew up always protecting them that have disabilities.
I may not have been aware of this in the past, and I truly apologize for my previous actions.
Some people love to use the R-word to offend people like us with a disability. It's ignorant people like them who make me sick. Abrasive, abrupt, curt and discourteous people who love to belittle. It's a horribile world we live in.
I've been called the R- word many times. It has caused anger and outbursts. I will take one step forward to forgive. Two steps back to educate but not tolerate.
I went to my daughter's IEP meeting. I looked down at her paper, and there in bold letters was the R word.
I have an aunt that has Down syndrome. She is very amazing.
My story is really my brother's. He is the best example I can think of for what can be - and is - when we drop the negative descriptions.
I ask this of all those who hate difference: try living just one day in my sister's shoes.
I know many people who have disabilities that range from autism to behavioral issues to anxiety and depression.
My best friend (now husband) has autism. Everyone made fun of him, never believed in him, called him names, some still do to this day.
In 2006, my nephew with Down syndrome became an orphan. We put our "Shelter Care" service on hold, and my wife and I welcomed my nephew into our home.
When I was in elementary school I had a classmate with autism. He was bullied just about every day. I regret not ever doing anything about it.
I was inspired to take this pledge after finding out that my little cousin has autism. He is such a sweet little boy.
People used to, and still do from time-to-time, make fun of me and call me "that word," because I couldn't make a simple decision like what I want to eat, etc.
I help out with these kids and they are not different, they are awesome people.
She SEES Jonathan! Other kids look through him, or see him as having little to give!
I have an amazing brother with autism, and I'm tired of people using the r-word without knowing its actual meaning!
I was always considered slow in school. Because of that I was put in special education my whole school career.
I grew up being a little slow in school and because of that I was never treated nice and was called the r-word.
One day in school a small group of boys were making fun of her and calling her names. They made her cry and it made me really angry.
My little cousin has autism and it breaks my heart everytime I see him.
I hope I see an end to the R word in my lifetime. Thank you for your campaign and determination to make that happen.
I have a best friend named Nick. He also happens to be my little brother.
We need to show love, respect and understanding to all people we meet. People who use this hateful word are often small minded.
It's really hard when people don't understand what the heck you're even going through.
MY COUSIN MICHAEL HAS DOWN SYNDROME. He is the most happy, funny, active, and smart kid I know.
A Girl With A Mission
I once knew a boy named Logan, who had Down Syndrome. He was one of the smartest, kindest, most caring people I knew.
Sawyer was never supposed to walk. My brother is now a runner.
My brother Mitchell has Downs syndrome and is a super amazing person!
My son has Autism, Global Delay, and ADHD. But that is not who he is.
addy or lune
when I was in first to fourth grade, I was bullied a lot for having dyslexia.
My dad heard me, so for the next two hours, he was talking to me about people with intellectual disabilities.
I went to school in Cold Spring. There was another person who made fun of my disability.
I never was someone who openly said the r-word in order to shame or insult another human being. But I would occasionally laugh or join in with a joke.
When my Aunt Sid heard one of my brothers teasing me, she said I was selectively smart and most of the family started doing that too.
Growing up, people always joked and said the R word loosely, often referring to an action someone did.