Today and every day going forward is the day to “End the ‘R’ Word”. It’s time for us all to acknowledge that this word, like so many other words that have become derogatory terms in our society, has outlived it’s original usefulness and intent. It doesn’t mean what it used to and it’s time to act responsibly and with respect to those with intellectual disability, their loved ones and all of society and banish this word from our vocabularies.
If you KNEW you were putting my amazing boys down by using the “R” word, would you still say it? Would you say it in front of them?
Or in front of me?
Do you realize how much it hurts me and every other mother who has a child with an intellectual disability to hear this word?