The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.
Join the Down Syndrome Alliance fo the Midlands in their campaign that 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.
Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.
Or you can sign the pledge online at www.r-word.org.