My brother has Down syndrome and I grew up listening to kids in school call him the r-word. As his little sister, I did not understand why people wanted to put him down/make comments.View Story ▼My brother has Down syndrome and I grew up listening to kids in school call him the r-word. He told me it never bugged him, but as his little sister, I did not understand why people wanted to put him down/make comments. Since then, I have made sure that all my friends know my brother and see/know that he is a PERSON, not just someone to label with that terrible word. If I ever hear anyone use the word in casual conversation (I hear it when people think a situation is silly, or when they disagree with something), I correct them and make them understand how they are the ones who sound dumb. It's the same way one should not say something is "gay" when they don't like it.
That's the way I spread the word, one friend at a time.
About Diana:I have been a volunteer for Special Olympics for the past few years and have a wonderful brother with a developmental disability. Knowing him makes me a better person. View less ▲