Young people around the world are taking a stand by raising awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the words “retard” and “retarded” and encouraging others to think before they speak. Over the years, the R-word has become a common taunt used to make fun of others. Often unwittingly, the word is used to denote behavior that is clumsy, hapless, and even hopeless. But whether intentional or not, the word conjures up a painful stereotype of people with intellectual disabilities.
We challenge you to change the conversation in your local schools and communities by helping to eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word and replace it with “respect.” This will help create a more accepting world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and all those people that may appear different, but have unique gifts and talents to share with the world.