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July 29, 2014 | North America: Arkansas

The Student

By Terri Hood

I have been able to spread the knowledge of people with disabilities by way of group projects and have refused to and refused to let those around me use the R word in my presence. People think that we help teach people like my sister but in truth, they teach us.View Story ▼My sister has cerebral palsy and though I am the youngest I've always been the oldest when it came to helping her. I was involved in Special Olympics and Partners club all through school and now while in college I am not able to participate as much as I want. I have been able to spread the knowledge of people with disabilities by way of group projects and have refused to and refused to let those around me use the R word in my presence. People think that we help teach people like my sister but in truth, they teach us. We get caught up in the complicated technologies,fast pace of jobs, ever present need for something more great and new in this world. But what my sister has taught me and the countless others I have had the pleasure of knowing in my life is that it is the simple things in life that mean the most. We say how sad that they don't have what we do, but in all reality how sad that we don't have the joy, love, and simple understanding and acceptance of others that they do.

About Terri Hood:21 year old student at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Have always been involved in the lives of people with special needs and wouldn't ask for it any other way.
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July 29, 2014 | North America: Canada

David

By JL

I have a cousin David who has a mental disability. I hang out with him and his family on multiple occasions per year. Fortunately I was able to avoid any rude altercation, until one day.View Story ▼I have a cousin David who has a mental disability. I hang out with him and his family on multiple occasions per year. Fortunately I was able to avoid any rude altercation, until one day. We were at the Eaton Centre in Toronto and he was being silly and I was joking with him and making him laugh (because he loves to laugh!). Then some guy and his girlfriend passed by me and I heard him whisper, "Man, what a [r-word],". I'm not a fighter. Nor do I create arguments that lead to fighting. I never get in people's faces...but this time I did. Something inside me just snapped when I heard him use the word with disgust. I called him over. They turned around and he came up to me. He said "What's your problem?". I said "You." "Why? What did I do, you little punk?" He asked. I looked him straight in the eye "Use that r-word one more time and I cannot guarantee your safety. If you use it, fine, do it at home where I can't hear you." And walked.

About JL:I have a strong dislike for people who use the r-word.
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July 29, 2014 | North America: New Jersey

Why i hate this Word

By Michele Nelson

I have a developmentally disabled older brother who I refuse to call the R word. He has a job and an apartment, which is more than some "normal" people.View Story ▼I have a developmentally disabled older brother who I refuse to call the R word. He has a job and an apartment, which is more than some "normal" people. He is loving and accepting of everyone, which is more then I can say for most people. I tell people who use that word around me that I don't like it and not to use it around me.

About Michele Nelson:47 year old sister of a developmentally disabled brother, he had lack of oxygen at birth.
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July 29, 2014 | North America: New Hampshire

Wish I Had More Space to Write!!

By Lucinda Spence

When I was 20-ish I worked with a lovely older lady. One day, she spoke lovingly of the recent death of her younger "imbecile brother." I was shocked, then realized I was merely experiencing a generation gap.View Story ▼I'm 66, 2 younger brothers, each mentally retarded. When I was 20-ish I worked with a lovely older lady. One day, she spoke lovingly of the recent death of her younger "imbecile brother." I was shocked, then realized I was merely experiencing a generation gap. When my sibs were born (& decades after) mentally retarded was a perfectly acceptable word. One graduated from Mt. Hope School for Retarded Children (a wonderful school, BTW!, saddened at mainstreaming, but another conversation). It is impossible to completely sanitize language. moron, imbecile, mentally retarded, mentally challenged, mentally disabled. So, what will we used now? unusually intelligent? specifically focused? I don't use the r-word, but don't object to it--unless it's REtard. Those who use it as an insult are jackasses and I call 'em on it. It's the person, not the word. My bro? He's worked his whole life, owns a new truck, has more money in the bank than me. Retarded but successful!

About Lucinda Spence:Middle of 6 kids, 2 younger brothers mentally retarded, mother grandmother, etc. No room to explain myself, but believe me I love and respect brothers (esp. the one whose bottle I used to steal!)
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July 29, 2014 | North America: Ohio

PEOPLE SAYING THE R WORD

By JOSH WATSON

Hi, my name is Josh Watson. I have special needs. I've heard the r word for the wrong reason. In fact I've been called the r word so many times.View Story ▼Hi, my name is Josh Watson. I have special needs. I've heard the r word for the wrong reason. In fact I've been called the r word so many times. In fact my parents used to call me the r word. In fact, it's getting really really annoying. I am very annoyed by it. I have friends with disabilities. Some people call them the r word. People have called me the r word at school events. I'm sick and tired of hearing the r word. It's not very respectful to people with disabilities. Nobody wants to hear it.

About JOSH WATSON:I am outgoing. I am very smart about sports. I love hanging out with people with disabilities. I love helping out the staff at Camp Allyn, Cane Run Farm.
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