The “r” Word Campaign

When You Say “Retard” Someone Hurts

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We are not a large corporation with a high administrative overhead, in fact we have no administrative costs.  All work is volunteer, and oftentimes the materials we provide are funded from our own pockets or donated to us by others.  The “R” Word Campaign is a grass roots effort by those interested in bringing awareness to everyone that the use of the word “retard” to mean something bad or stupid is offensive to people with disabilities and those who know and love them.

With that spirit in mind we provide the following materials free of charge for use in your communities.

Download FREE PDF’s To Make Your Voices Heard!

The R-Word Sign

When You Say Retard Someone Hurts Sign

Let Them Know Cards (Avery 27871 Business Card sheets )

Pass It On Cards (print on card stock, pdf)

When You Say Retard Someone Hurts Postcards

2 inch R-Word Sticker Buttons (Compatible to Avery 5194)

Spread The Word Image for T-Shirts or Small Posters (pdf)

Spread The Word Image Large Posters (pdf)


Add The R-Word Button To Your Blog or Page FREE!

Click Here For Low Cost R-Word Bumper Stickers, Magnets, & More!

Please share your stories and photos with us so we can share your successes which will encourage others to stand up and speak out!

If you would like to donate money to us, our pledge to you is that we will put all donations to use promoting the “r” Word Campaign by making materials available free of charge to schools and community groups.   Every donation, no matter how small, is vitally important to helping us support local school and community education efforts.

If you would like to donate in other ways, we are open to your suggestions.  Please contact us with your ideas or if you would like to help us develop materials.

Here are our long term goals;

  • Develop education materials for free distribution to individuals, schools and communities.
  • Create and maintain a network of advocates in each state available for presentations in schools and communities.
  • Develop a program guide for presentations
  • Promote a poster contest for school age children at the state level to reaffirm the classroom presentations.
  • Promote an awareness day or event, nationally or at state level.

Your money will go towards the purchase of lapel stickers, and bumper stickers that will be handed out to schools and conferences.

If you would like to help us further out goals by donating to The “r” Word Campaign, please send your contribution by;

Donations Via PayPal

Or mail your donation to:

The “R” Word Campaign
PO Box 6022
Norman, OK 73070

We do not have non-profit, tax exempt status at this time.



NOTE: 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.

11 Responses to “Other Resources”

  1. Steve Kennedy said

    Your site is exactly what I was looking for. I’m broadcasting it every way I know how. My daughter has Down Syndrome. Thank you SO VERY MUCH for your good work.

  2. Your site is a pathbreaker. I think you need to go beyond national and other barriers. collaborate with other organisations, network too. these are my own views and not that of the organisation where i work. I am from India

  3. The word retard bothers me. it makes me upset. I’m a developmentally disabled person. I was institutionized when I was a boy (this is wen the word retard back then was used alot). then I was in special Education at school, then after I graduated I attended a Day treatment center, after that I worked in a sheltered workshop, and now I have a job on the outside, I have two of them, I work at a pizza parlor, and a supermarket. I can’t stand that “R” word, when someone mentions it to me, or calling me that word. I am involved in Special Olympics, which was Track and Field, cross-coutry skiing, and softball year ago, and bowling (which I’m still doing today)

  4. April said

    Perfect! I work with folks with intellectual disabilites and this has always been my mantra. I am going to be using it as my facebook profile and on my work email signature Thanks for the resources!

  5. Brea said

    Your website is amazing. It is just what this world needs :)

  6. Dee said

    As having a grandson with down syndrome people just don’t get it. I am in education and hear the word often not just the children but teachers as well. You would think adults would get it but unfortunaly people do not put themselves in others shoes. I have brought my children up to respect others. Maybe this is why God blessed us.
    Deanna Crowell

  7. respect said

    why doesn’t the Special Olympics or NDSC have a bigger figure like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson? I don’t get it? this has been going on for too long – they need to use their resources to do something. Thank you for allowing a place to express ourselves and for what you do. You are awesome!

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  9. kira martin said

    I really hate the r word I wish it was banned. I have friends that have autism, and I have an aunt that does to. everybody calls me it in my school at BHS in bismarck, North Dakota. It hurts when someone says the dang word i just hate it when they say it. This is a very good website to talk and learn about it. I’ve seen so many people say the word in front of my friends that say the word I always confront the people Who say the r word. god bless everyone and there souls.

  10. matthew said

    I have not and will not use the “r” word

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