Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Ending the Word
Today is 3/7, the day to Spread the Word to End the Word.
And what would that word be, you may be asking?
More commonly known in this circle as the "r-word," because it actually hurts to say it. And in honesty, it actually hurt to type it, and hurts to read it, too.
And for those of you out there who may be reading who may not have a connection to the world of people with intellectual disabilities, this doesn't just mean the intentional use of the word directed at a specific person. This also means the common, everyday usage becoming more and more a part of peoples' standard vernacular, in which the word is used to describe an idea, or an activity, or a group of people, or even oneself in the context of humor, or distaste.
And you know what? That Hurts, Too. It hurts people with intellectual disabilities and their families, demeans them, perpetuates a stereotype and says it's okay to laugh at them, to make fun of them, to consider them not worthy of RESPECT.
How wonderful it would be if that were the new R-Word (deserving of capitalization now)...Respect.
My daughter has Down syndrome.
And she is beautiful.
She is worthy.
Please...take the pledge today at www.r-word.org, pledge to stop using that word. Pledge to help educate those that do. Pledge to help make the world a better place for people like Samantha.