spread the word to end the word
When I was asked if I would write something for today's observance of Spread the Word, To End the Word, I decided to finish and make public a poem I have been working on for a while. I have modeled it on my favorite poem by Robert Frost.
Other parents of children with Down syndrome have expressed solidarity with the family. Miller's original Facebook post has
As children, we heard the R-word all the time -- on the playground, on the bus, even coming out of our own mouths. Even as adults we hear the R-word being used in so-called polite company.
These amazing athletes are the ones that educate our community each day so that the "r-word" is not accepted.
Even after having Pip, close people in my life still use the word without thinking. And while I'm not normally an "R-Word Crusader," I do have to honestly admit I cringe inside each and every time I hear it said.
If you want to join us in building a world of respect and connectedness, then your directive is clear and simple: be good to people with intellectual disabilities.
According to some of my friends who are athletes in Special Olympics, when they hear the word 'retard' being used in that context, they feel hurt, anger, sadness, disgust -- and I even heard "It's like a knife cutting into my heart."
I want to show the world that people with disabilities much more like everyone else than many realize. I want to focus on ABILITIES!
It may have seem like semantics to some, but for advocates in the disability community, those are major boons. To clear up
My mom would always say there's a simple fix for making someone feel included and showing respect -- it's as easy as using a different word.