Stop and Think
The “r” Word
Some people have mental retardation (intellectual disabilities). While mental retardation is not a bad word, when used to describe someone or something you think is bad or stupid it becomes another thoughtless hurtful word. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not bad. Their condition is not bad. The prejudice and discrimination to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is BAD…and WRONG! Please stop using the word ‘retard’. It hurts individuals and families of those with disabilities.
What Would You Do?
NOTE: Since the purpose of this site is for the promotion of the ‘r’ Word Campaign, any comments that do not reflect that effort or do not include a valid e-mail address will not be approved. This site is an information resource. We believe the discussion should take place in schools, at work and every place this word is heard and found offensive. Our wish is and has always been that you will step forward and do so when you hear this word.