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January 30, 2015 | North America: New York

My Mena

By Michelle Hintzsche

Growing up, my sister Mena was called special in my house. Didn't really know what that meant but I knew she was different than everyone else. Over the years I heard her being called a retard or mentally retarded, mostly just retard.View Story ▼Growing up, my sister Mena was called special in my house. Didn't really know what that meant but I knew she was different than everyone else. There's five of us, and I'm the youngest. Over the years I heard her being called a retard or mentally retarded, mostly just retard. We taught her that if someone calls her that to give them the middle finger. The school said nothing at the time because it was in the 80s and 90s. They thought the same. Or most of them did. Now that word medically doesn't exist. People like my sister are now called intellectually challenged or intellectually disabled. My daughter's history teacher in her high school thinks it's really funny to say if you're tardy twice you're retarded. That's a quote. My daughter and two of her friends cannot stand this. They know it is not right to call someone retarded for any reason. As it is not right to call someone queer, it is not right to call someone retarded. This teacher will be hearing from me and not in a nice way but I will be a better person for how I treat him then he is in his ignorance.

About Michelle Hintzsche:I have a sister who is four years older than me and who is intellectually challenged she is the light of everyone's life. If you need a laugh she's the first want to give it to you.
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January 29, 2015 | North America: Canada

happy smiles

By K

In my high school a fellow class mate of mine was hit with a dodgeball and went into a coma.. he did not wake up for a few months and when he did everyone was over joyed!View Story ▼In my high school a fellow class mate of mine was hit with a dodgeball and went into a coma.. he did not wake up for a few months and when he did everyone was over joyed! As he slowly recovered he has lost all of his memories and did not remember anyone when he returned to school in a mobilized seating devise. Everyone remembered him but for some reason there were students who would laugh at him for waving hello to them in the hallway so a couple of my friends and i all made sure to wave and yell hello at him everytime we saw him in the hall way! take home message: inform others not to use the R-word or poke and make fun of others who are just like you and have mild changes. -K

About K:college student
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January 29, 2015 | North America: Minnesota

We have a long way to go...

By R A Hudson

My beautiful daughter, Presley

I posted my interaction the other day on my blog, linked below. This story is a record of a facebook incident on the page of a Twin Cities conservative/talk radio personality. It's upsetting for me to read it, but really gives me a desire to continue to speak upView Story ▼I posted my interaction the other day on my blog, linked below. This story is a record of a facebook incident on the page of a Twin Cities conservative/talk radio personality. It's upsetting for me to read it, but really gives me a desire to continue to speak up

About R A Hudson:I have a beautiful 8 year old daughter with Down syndrome. I hate the r-word and will continue to be her advocate and try to teach people why it's hurtful and dehumanizing. http://www.rahudson.com
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January 29, 2015 | North America: North Dakota

Retard Hurts

By Ashlyn S.

At my school, I take orchestra and the orchestra teacher told us that if we ever say Retard at school we will have a couple days of detention and be in big trouble.View Story ▼At my school, I take orchestra and the orchestra teacher told us that if we ever say Retard at school we will have a couple days of detention and be in big trouble. The reason for this is because his daughter who is in elementary school as a baby had a TV fall on her head and had to have surgeries and very often at a hospital in Minnesota. His daughter has a fourth(1/4) of her brain taken damaged from the incident. His daughter was called a retard, because she was different. He doesn't want other kids to go through what his daughter had gone and goes through and him as a parent who has to handle this. He is an inspiration to our school and to our class and his other classes. He is changing the world and is doing it in the best way by teaching the kids to Spread The Word To End The Word.

About Ashlyn S.:Very musical, that is how he is my orchestra teacher, I play guitar, violin, and I sing. I am athletic. I play basketball, volleyball and many more sports.
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January 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

The r word should not be used

By Legendnemisis

I have an uncle with a disability and if anyone called him the r word I'd be kicking off. Like other people have said, the r word has been used thru schools to call people that aren't disabled stupid and it makes them feel stupid even though they are notView Story ▼I have an uncle with a disability and if anyone called him the r word I'd be kicking off. Like other people have said, the r word has been used thru schools to call people that aren't disabled stupid and it makes them feel stupid even though they are not. I don't think it should be used, full stop. I don't think it should be in dictionaries either (I think it is ) because when kids see it they laugh and go oh your are an r-word. M and my mum hate that word. There should be a new word for it. Like others agree, I think it should be RESPECT; respect other people with disabilities, don't look at them differently, treat them the way you would want to be treated. Everyone deserves that.

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Mar 1, 2015
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Dartmouth Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

Dartmouth Special Education Parents Advisory Council wants you to help spread the word to end the word. The purpose of this online/ social media pledge event is to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word (retard or retarded) and its negative effects on people with intellectual impairments, as well as the families and friends. However, this campaign is about more than just raising awareness of the R-word; it is also about changing the attitudes of segregation and hate, to attitudes of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance, understanding. Lets focus on a better r-word: RESPECT.
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  • There is no need for this word to be used in a derogatory manner. I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promot...

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    Meredith

    Lexington, Kentucky
    259 hours ago

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    Syracuse, New York
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    Fairfax, Virginia
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