R – Word Campaign

The English language has many words and phrases that are considered disrespectful and insulting to many. One example is the phrase “deaf, dumb and blind,” which is considered very degrading and hurtful. Some words are also considered outdated or politically incorrect such as the word handicapped.

One word that I absolutely hate is the word retarded. In the past the words retarded and mental retardation were used to refer to people with developmental disabilities. The word retarded also implies that people’s words and actions do not make sense. It can also mean foolishness and stupidity. Overall, the word retarded reflects negatively on people with developmental disabilities, affecting their identity, self-esteem and self-worth.
Many people really don’t realize how some words can be very hurtful to others and add to discrimination and stigmas. When we speak we should take the time to see and understand how our words affect others while making sure we are giving clear messages of respect.

The month of March is dedicated to the campaign called “Spread the Word To End the Word,” Their goal is to raise awareness of the dehumanizing effect or the word retarded by encouraging people to pledge to stop using the word where activities are focused around schools, organizations and communities where they encourage individuals to make a pledge to stop using the word retardation.The movement feels that respectful language is connected to the equal rights of people with disabilities.The is campaign taking pledges at



One Response to “R – Word Campaign”

  1. Brooks Hall
    March 1st, 2011 18:44

    Amen, sister!

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