March 7, 2018 is National R-Word Day
The r-word, retard or retarded,
is offensive and derogatory to people with developmental disabilities.
In this time of inclusion,
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve to be included and respected.
The words we use can include or exclude – and the word “retard(ed)” stops social inclusion in its tracks. As powerful self-advocate
Frank Stephens put it
, “At best, [the R-word] is used as another way of saying ‘stupid’ or ‘loser.’ At worst, it is aimed directly at me as a way to label me as an outcast — a thing, not a person. I am not stupid. I am not a loser.
I am not a thing. I am a person.”
Moving away from excluding language can be a first step towards
Thanks to your continued support, Rochester is leading the way on encouraging inclusive language! We are second in the US only to Chicago for generating the most online pledges!
So let's keep this momentum going by helping us raise awareness for the hurtfulness of the r-word and by encouraging others to take a stand, take the pledge and help us end the word.
We look forward to hearing from you on what you and your organization can do to help us spread the word to end the word.