Today is the annual day of awareness for the "R-Word - Spread the Word to End the Word." Please take this pledge to eliminate the word "retarded" from your vocabulary and from the vocabulary of others. By eliminating this very hurtful and demeaning word, we can begin to create a more accepting and loving environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Even when said in a joking manner (e.g. "That's so retarded"), it is extremely offensive and hurtful towards people. Instead, we need to focus on positive, people-first language. If you hear someone use the word, say something. I was in this position a few months ago when a person from high school used the word in a Facebook post. I explained to him that this word is highly offensive and should not be used to describe any person.
It's important that we are raising children to be kind and loving. It starts with taking a stand - a stand to eliminate harsh, hurtful words from our society's vocabulary. Take the pledge and join me to eliminate the "R-Word" today!
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist