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September 23, 2016 | North America: Canada

Let's stop the "R" WORD NOW!!!

By DIana Cooper

I am a mom to the most amazing and handsome son. His name is Nolan and yes he has an intellectual disabilityView Story ▼I am a mom to the most amazing and handsome son. His name is Nolan and yes he has an intellectual disability. I just despise it when I am out in public and asked "what is wrong with him" and I say " he has an intellectual disability" they just stare at me like they have no clue what that means and then respond back "Oh! He's RETARDED!!" I just cringe when I here that word. Let's educate the world and stop the use of the "R" word because my son cannot.

About DIana Cooper:I am now a stay at home mom trying to make sure each and every day my son is treated with respect and has the best day ever!!
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September 23, 2016 | North America: Michigan

My Adopted Son with Down Syndrome

By Pastor Frank

A couple of years ago, a little boy with Down syndrome came into my life. I fell in love with him from the start.View Story ▼A couple of years ago, a little boy with Down syndrome came into my life. I fell in love with him from the start. We adopted him a year and half ago, after he'd been with us for a year. Yes, raising a boy with Down syndrome was a new experience, sometimes quite the challenge. But, we've loved him since he came into our lives. One day we were at a restaurant with him and his two brothers. While there we heard a woman near by talking about the "r-words" that worked at a local store. She kept using the word to her husband and in front of her own children! Every time she said it, it felt like a knife to the heart. My three boys sat there hearing every word. I later explained to them that we shouldn't be angry at her, some people just do not know any better. It is truly sad that some people do not stop to consider the effect their words have on others. My son is not the r-word. He is special- exactly the way God made him.

About Pastor Frank:I am the pastor of a church in Michigan. My wife and I adopted twin boys- one is autistic, the other has Down syndrome. It has been an adventure and they've changed our lives when they came to live with us.
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September 20, 2016 | North America: Indiana

End the R-Word

By Kallie Fuller

My brother who is intellectually disabled once asked me, "why do people use the word 'retarded' to make fun of other people? That's what I am, isn't it? Why is that bad?"View Story ▼My brother who is intellectually disabled once asked me, "why do people use the word 'retarded' to make fun of other people? That's what I am, isn't it? Why is that bad?" and it was that moment that I realized I NEED to do something to stop the use of the r-word. His innocence and outlook on life isn't altered by the ignorant use of the word, however, mine is. I understand how hurtful that word is and I desperately want to make a change. It makes me cringe when I hear rude comments containing the r-word and I have successfully gotten my group of friends to stop the use of it and everyday I try to make a difference for those with intellectual disabilities. I will not stop trying to get people to eliminate the word from their vocabulary. I want to continue the movement and spread the word as much as I possibly can. It is something I am very passionate about because my brother means so much to me.

About Kallie Fuller:I am more than a family member. I am a volunteer, an assistant coach, a referee, and a friend who desperately wants to see a change.
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September 20, 2016 | North America: Michigan

-I am a normal person

By Hannah Kim

I will fight ableism. The R-word is out!View Story ▼I cannot believe that I will be the 1st high school student with autism and CP to graduate from Haslett High School, and go on to MSU at the ages of 21-22 (that's because I will take 4 gap years). I cannot believe I will fight ableism. The R-word is out!

About Hannah Kim:-I am a Haslett High School student, I have PDD-NOS and CP and anxiety, but I will not allow being a minority to hold me back! Stop self-contained classrooms!
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September 20, 2016 | North America: Maryland

The R word makes me sick

By Anonymous

I think that it's horrible that people will act so despicable towards people who are "not like them", as if they don't have feelings.View Story ▼I am autistic myself. I have always felt bad whenever disabled people have been bullied or mocked. I think that it's horrible that people will act so despicable towards people who are "not like them", as if they don't have feelings. I want things to change. We do have feelings, we have stories, and will not stand for us being mistreated. Please be nice to us. Please respect us. Not using the R word is the least you can do yet it can make a HUGE difference. We are people. We want to be treated equally and loved for who we are. I have been called the R word before by my classmates. It hurt me very much even if they might not have known I was actually disabled. Nobody should use this word, and nobody deserves to be called by this word.

About Anonymous:I am a college student and an aspiring writer. I have been diagnosed with autism and I want the world to change to be more accepting of all kinds of people including disabled people.
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