Do you pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities?
Then tell all your Facebook friends that you’ve taken the pledge and encourage them to do the same! You can download a Facebook cover photo and profile pic to encourage everyone to do the same! Click here to see even more downloads!
Why should you take the pledge to end the r-word?
The r-word – or retard – is outdated slang for the term mental retardation. In the past, mental retardation was what doctors, psychologist and other professionals used to describe people with significant intellectual impairment. Today, you might hear someone say, “That is so retarded,” or, “Don’t be such a retard.” When used this way, the r-word can apply to anyone or anything, and it not specific to someone with a disability.
But, even when the r-word is not said to harm someone with a disability, it is hurtful. Because of this, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and the greater disability community prefers to focus on people’s gifts and accomplishments and to dispel negative attitudes and stereotypes. The purpose of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign is to raise people’s awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word and its negative effects on people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families and friends. It’s more than just raising awareness of the harm of the r-word, it’s also about changing the attitudes of segregation and hate to attitudes of acceptance and respect.