"Spread the Word to End the Word" is a national campaign to encourage people to pledge to stop using the word retard.
End the "R" word advocates believe the use of the word “retard(ed)” in colloquial and everyday speech is hurtful and dehumanizing to individuals with intellectual disabilities. They advocate for the use of language that respects the dignity of people with mental disabilities. Advocates believe individuals with cognitive disabilities and other developmental disabilities are capable of enjoying life’s experiences and that causal references to the words retard or retarded makes a person with intellectual disabilities feel "less than human."
The Spread the Word to End the Word movement was created by youth with and without intellectual disabilities. And according to the Special Olympics:
“The motivation for the campaign was driven by a united passion to promote the positive contributions people with intellectual disabilities make to communities around the world combined with a simple call to action that also symbolizes positive attitude change and a commitment to make the world a more accepting place for all people.”
The R-word is the word 'retard(ed)'. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive, offensive and derogatory.
This 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. We here at Bulb Direct pledge to never use the R-word that degrades people all across the world.
To learn more about this national campaign and how you can help, visit www.r-word.org/.
To take the pledge, http://www.r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx?org=GolisanoFoundation