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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.
Every day people call me the R-Word just because I have Asperger's syndrome and it makes me feel like I do not belong in this world.
We live in an era where bullying has become public sport, where public figures and leaders from dozens of walks of life seem to believe that humiliation and viciousness are acceptable ways of communicating. Some think it’s funny. We don’t. We think it’s horrific and we’re asking you to help us stop it.
Thoughtful and powerful comments by John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete from Virginia, were published on Huffington Post today.
As a young person, I used the word because I thought it was funny, but once my dad told me how one of his sisters was called by the "r-word" at school, it made me sick inside thinking about every time I said it.
Calling things "retarded" was a common practice for me growing up. All of my friends did it and it was funny to us.
As a teenager, my stepmother did not like me for being disabled. Sometimes I would do things incorrectly or slower because of my disabilities.
Our sister has cerebral palsy. She is the best sister, friend and fun to be around.
When I am out I look funny, moving awkwardly, and I hear kids say she is "R" and parents telling them what I am. It just brings me down as a person.
I was at the Boys and Girls Club and it was my first day, we were going around to the building and talking to the kids about not using hurtful words like the r-word.
I heard a lady at the grocery store in front of her two year old say "I always get the retarded cart!"
When I was in high school I was made fun of daily. Sometimes I was even shoved into lockers by my peers for no reason.
If you are the person who said that please know that I don't hate you, I just hate your word choice and joke. What is wrong with this world?
The R word...A lot of people don’t think before they speak, they just say whatever they are thinking. Which honestly a lot of the times is mean and hurtful things.
Judy L. Marino
She is kind, loyal, loving, empathetic & beautiful both inside & out. She loves to sing, dance & listen to music. She can be so full of joy that she glows & physically bounces.
My cousins have Down syndrome and they have also been called that word several times which is not right under any conditions.
I am 17, and my 15-year-old brother has Asperger's syndrome. He has been bullied his entire life.
Robert and Judith Weisman for Elyssa
My husband took my daughter who has Down Syndrome to breakfast at the McDonalds in Flourtown, Pennsylvania this past Friday. Everything was going well until he overheard one of the managers call another employee retarded.
I have a child with Autism and it makes me very angry when others make fun of him and call him the R Word. It is very hurtful.
hi my friend Zoe M is trying to stop the r-word because of her sister and many people with Down syndrome. She has notified the whole school about the "R" word and how it affects her and her family
HI this is Zoe M again thank you to every one who is helping stop the r word I am trying super hard to stop this word.
I have a family member with Down Syndrome. I hate when people look at her and use the R word.
Zoe, our friend in our class has a sister with well you know. Zoe loves and cares for her younger sister. So she took her bravery and stood and talked to the whole grade. So now, we have posters on lockers, walld, doors, and glass advitizing the R-Word campaign, By: Zoe. We even bought a banner for
I am sick of people reducing my brother to his inabilities
This is the first year my school has done this, so it's amazing to see what we have accomplished
A week ago, I had a life-changing experience. My best friend called me the R-word.
I was called the R-word a lot
Why would anyone use the R word?
I would have never thought of calling anyone so loving and caring the "r" word.
I'm one of those kids that was called the "R" word and I am against it!!
My sister is intellectually disabled. She struggles in school. I never understood what was really wrong with her. Now I know more.
My brother had a genetic disease called progeria, and he had a big head. He was very pale. He no like when people call him r-word.
Hopefully, in my lifetime, the word will end and my children and grandchildren will not even know the word existed.
My sister was diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Development Disorder she also has Autism. She has trouble learning, but she always knows to be nice to people. She also has trouble in social situations but knows to be nice to others.
The derogatory use of the “R” word is too common. By using it as a replacement for words like idiotic or stupid, whether intentionally
I pledge to end the r word because i have developmental disabilities and its a word that just shouldnt be used to describe someone who has dd and the word needs to end
Violet, my friend's sister is a very wonderful girl. But she has been called the R-Word.
People with developemental disabilities have the same feelings, just like you and I.
I was born with a lazy eye and later had to wear glasses with a red patch over my good eye.
Roma, the girl who smiles even though people bully her. Thank you, Roma. Thank you for not letting me give up.
My son was diagnosed with "Mild Mental Retardation" when he was in the second grade back when the school system still used that term. As his mother, I told every single teacher and school official that they were to never tell him that term.
I have a sister with Down syndrome. When I hear the r-word it breaks my heart, and it makes me very angry.
By the time I graduated high school, my entire family had stopped using the r-word. When I got to college, I continuously told all my new friends to stop using that word.
I have been able to work with kids with disabilities since I was in elementary school, I am now about to be a senior in High School.
I have an older sister. She was born with downs. I had only met her twice because her mother put her up for adoption because she was a "monster" for being born with a birth defect.
I work for an agency called Lexington. We are based out of Gloversville, NY. We house and support intellectually disabled people. I love my job, every day there is an adventure.