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July 25, 2017 | North America: Florida

Stolen Son

By Marie Anderson

The R WORD was never tolerated in our home. Whenever someone we knew or didn't know used that word, we let them know it was NOT ACCEPTABLE.View Story ▼Our 3rd child Eric was born healthy & then at 18 months old had a very bad reaction at both injection sites from the MMR & DPT vaccines. Two days later he stopped talking and began engaging in strange behaviors. Some were harmful to him & others as well. When our last child was born Eric was 3 years old. He was diagnosed with autism. Our very long, difficult & exhausting journey began for him & our entire family. Whenever we went anywhere, people would stare and quietly talk. It was unbelievable that others would behave that way. It made us feel angry & sometimes ashamed of ourselves if we felt embarassed. But mostly it made us all love Eric even more & more protective too. We knew we had to be his voice and stand up for him. Sometimes we would confront those people but mostly pray for them to be less ignorant, insensitive & more understanding. The R WORD was never tolerated in our home. Whenever someone we knew or didn't know used that word, we let them know it was NOT ACCEPTABLE

About Marie Anderson:I am the very proud mother of 4 amazing children.I was blessed with Faith in God & a very helpful extended family. Also supportive parents that were there for us emotionally, physically & financially.
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July 25, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

Kudos to USA Network

By Melissa

I'm watching a movie on the USA Network. The characters were discussing Autism and the network censored out the R-word. BLEEP!View Story ▼I'm watching a movie on the USA Network. The characters were discussing Autism and the network censored out the R-word. BLEEP! I'm shouting out kudos from the rooftop to the USA Network!

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July 21, 2017 | North America: New Jersey

Misdiagnosed

By STEPHEN F. COSTON

When I attended elementary school to high school from the late 60's to the 70's, a lot of my peers called me the R-word.View Story ▼When I attended elementary school to high school from the late 60's to the 70's, a lot of my peers called me the R-word when I was attending special education classes. But there was a stereotyped viewpoint on students attending special education classes. Especially, when your riding home in a yellow school bus outside your school district. Whenever they saw students riding home in that bus, they perceive the R-word on them. Then the word gets around that you are in that bus. No one in the community wanted to get socialize with you or play any games or sports with you. And this is how you become isolated. Not only it was used by the peers in name calling and bullying, it was also applied as a normal interpretation by the educational system. Until they found out about mainstream when the IDEA was passed in 1975 and revised in 1990. This was the misunderstanding that not all disabilities are the same. And I am angered from this misunderstanding.

About STEPHEN F. COSTON :I am employed by Berry Global Inc. as a Mail Supervisor and had 38 years of mailroom experience. I have a college diploma in Computer training. I am married and we are both Special Olympics athletes in NJ
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July 14, 2017 | North America: Nevada

A teacher with a disability

By Nichole M. Shewbert

Growing up I was called a retard in school and by my peers. Today, I teach students math.View Story ▼Growing up I was called a retard in school and by my peers. Today, I teach students math and even if one of my students uses the "r" word in a joking manner I make them apologize and rephrase what they were saying eliminating the "r" word.

About Nichole M. Shewbert:I am a secondary education teacher who diversifies my teaching strategies to include as many students in my classroom as I can in my learning environment. I use inclusion strategies to include all.
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July 10, 2017 | North America: Florida

My Parents

By Madelyn H

Recently I heard my dad say the r-word. It bothers me, because I have a younger sister with Down syndrome.View Story ▼Recently I heard my dad say the r-word. It bothers me, because I have a younger sister with Down syndrome. I know the kind of language my dad was using is hurtful to my sister's community, her self-esteem, and it puts her in a category that she doesn't belong in. Thankfully my dad has never said the r-word directly in front of my sister, but he has said it with her in mind. I don't know how to stand up to him. I don't know how to speak my mind about this issue. My dad is my idol, but I guess he was knocked down from the pedestal.

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