Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics & Best Buddies to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word (“retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.
Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the R-word.
The campaign is intended to engage individuals, schools and communities to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.
Make your pledge to choose respectful people first language today at www.r-word.org.
Posted by Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law, www.sheriabrams.com