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September 15, 2014 | North America: Utah

Why I Never Liked Misuse of the Word Retarded

By Selena Barrows

One day a boy called me retarded. It hurt me because I started thinking of what he would call my brother if he were to meet him with no knowledge of his disability.View Story ▼My little brother has autism. He is very low functioning and does not talk and cannot do basic things you and I can do. One day a boy called me retarded. It hurt me because I started thinking of what he would call my brother if he were to meet him with no knowledge of his disability. The boy continued to call me a retard. After I told the counselor, she called him in. It stopped. When I mention my brother in conversation, and forget to mention his autism, people sometimes hesitantly ask if he is dumb. I reply with a simple, "Nope. He has Autism." While we can't make people stop using this word, we can at least make a difference. I also have Asperger's- and fear I will be a victim of that cruel word if I tell people. I shouldn't have to live in fear of telling others about my differences. I shouldn't feel insecure. I hope for a change- something this site can hopefully bring. Let this show you what it feels like to be retarded when you're not.

About Selena Barrows:I am the sister of a beautiful Autistic boy, and I've been called retarded. I hope that my story will help others realized the effects that word has on someone when misused. I also have Asperger's....
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September 15, 2014 | North America: Indiana

School Assembly

By Demecia Reed

I had an assembly about this word and I thought it was the right thing to do. I don't like it when people are bullied because I once was and people called me a retard.View Story ▼I had an assembly about this word and I thought it was the right thing to do. I don't like it when people are bullied because I once was and people called me a retard. In order to make this change, I pledged to be heard and I go around telling people not to use it. When I first heard it from somebody else, I thought I might as well stop using it. It was in March of 2014 that I put it into effect. I was inspired by the speaker who spoke to me about it.

About Demecia Reed:I am 15 years old and I don't like it when people call somebody a 'retard'
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September 15, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Respect for All!!

By lubna nawaz

I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities.View Story ▼Hi,my name is Lubna and mother of two boys with autism. Both are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. My younger son Hashim is non-verbal and very hyper, especially going in market places and family events. I have noticed that people stared at us. They look at him as if someone alien has invaded. First, this used to embarrass me a lot, and every time I used to promise myself I will not take my son along with me, but being his mother, I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities. I have come to a firm belief that as he doesn't judge anyone, so no one else has the right to judge him. Now I take him out with pride and make sure that he enjoys his life!!

About lubna nawaz:Hello,I'm Lubna Nawaz ,mother of two boys name Haseeb and Hashim both are autistic and are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. I am also part of the family support network of Special Olympics Pakistan.
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September 12, 2014 | North America: Virginia

my life

By sarah shockley

Hi my name is Sarah I'm 22 years old. I got bullied everyday that I went to school. It made me feel like I wasn't a person.View Story ▼Hi my name is Sarah I'm 22 years old. I got bullied everyday that I went to school. It made me feel like I wasn't a person. Then I start to go to young life and they made me feel better about myself.so now I'm trying to spread the word to end the word, too.

About sarah shockley:Hi my name is Sarah and I been doing swimming for 6 years with special olympics.
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September 11, 2014 | North America: Texas

Better Rocks Than Words

By Tania Coombes

As a child in the '70s, I was called "retarded" by my peers. I'd run home from school crying as the kids shouted that word at my back. It seared itself into my ears and into my mind.View Story ▼As a child in the '70s, I was called "retarded" by my peers. I'd run home from school crying as the kids shouted that word at my back. It seared itself into my ears and into my mind. I would hit my head repeatedly on the floor, trying to get it out. Fast forward to 2014. I'm now 42 and my able-bodied, "normal" boyfriend uses "retarded" to describe himself when he fumbles the remote control with his non-dominate hand. Stunned, I ask him to repeat himself, and he utters "that word" again. He acts as if it's nothing and can't understand why it upsets me. I remind him what happened to me as a child and the effect it had--and still has. He says he use to get rocks thrown at him. I would have gladly taken the rocks, I say. Each time I was called "retarded," it felt like getting hit with ten rocks at once. The emotional pain never went away. I'd like to think the "r-word" would die if we didn't use it, but there are those who keep it alive. Yep, better rocks than words.

About Tania Coombes:I was born with physical impairments, but was intellectually "normal." My son has cerebral palsy and other challenges, but has so far been spared the cruelty I faced growing up.
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