“that was so retarded”
“I feel like such a retard”
All phrases I’ve said, all phrases a lot of you have said. I never thought twice about using that word, it’s a common term and everyone says it. Until autism.
Most people, when I correct them on the use of that word, tell me “but your son isn’t retarded”. Actually, yes, in the medical sense of the word “retard” Silas has a diagnosed retardation in language. So yes, he fits into that category. But that’s really besides the point.
Because I have a child with autism, I’ve learned that a LOT of people have a close friend or family member that is exceptional. The use of this word for everyday things is completely offensive to a lot of people. It stings my ears every time I hear someone use it for something stupid.
“gosh that guy was so drunk, he was acting like such a retard” Silas doesn’t act like that. The stupid things you do, or the stupid things other people don’t have ANYTHING to do with being “retarded”.
It’s time to stop using this word in our daily vocabulary. There’s other people who feel the same as well. The Special Olympics have started a campaign to get people to pledge to stop using the “r-word”.
I jumped right on the bandwagon and made my pledge and it’s time for you to make yours. Please check out their website by going to r-word.org and make your pledge as well and please spread the word. It’s time we stand up for change in this area, shining a new light on the amazing gifts that exceptional people bring to our world.
Please reblog this info!!
I’d also like to add that the same goes for using the word “gay”. Incredibly offensive to people who are gay. I don’t care if you disagree with their lifestyle, respect!
In other news, my kitchen and downstairs is still clean from Friday, can you believe it? I’ve also added to the cleanliness factor by making another list and following it. I’m going to go on over to Discovering Happy to blog more about it and what I’ve learned that’s going to effect every aspect of my life.
Today Isaac displayed to me that he truly is growing up…he’s just a little gender confused…
He asked to wear it this morning and kept it on until nap time. I made him take it off because I was scared it would strangle him in his sleep. That would raise too many questions if that happened….but perhaps a way most grown men would like to make their departure…