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August 19, 2016 | North America: Colorado

My Bestest Friend Orville Tacket

By SERENA DOORE

I lived in Lucasville, Ohio when I was a baby to 7 years old. My mom had a really hard time keeping me inside and out of the woods as soon as I started walking.View Story ▼I lived in Lucasville, Ohio when I was a baby to 7 years old. My mom had a really hard time keeping me inside and out of the woods as soon as I started walking. So our Neighbor Emma Tacket had a Son by the name of Orville. At the time he was labeled retarded. Well Orville took to watching us kids while we were outside and in the wood. He would take us for rides in our little red wagon. He saved my life by killing a rattle snake that was in the tire I was playing with; he moved me out of the way first. Some kids didn't like him but he was my best friend and hero. We moved to Portsmouth and I didn't see Orville again until I was 14 yrs old. He didn't remember my sister or brother but when he saw me he started clapping and jumping up and down. It made my heart and soul smile that he remembered me.

About SERENA DOORE:I have never used words like stupid, retard, dumb because I HATE THOSE WORDS WITH A PASSION.
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August 19, 2016 | North America: Southern California

Defeated by the R word

By Yvette Pople Patil

While growing up there was not a day or person who wouldn't call me the R word even my family called me and it defeated my strength and my zest for a brighter future.View Story ▼While growing up there was not a day or person who wouldn't call me the R word even my family called me and it defeated my strength and my zest for a brighter future.

About Yvette Pople Patil:I am 31 years old
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August 12, 2016 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

R word

By Ange

I live in Great Britain and many years ago the word commonly used for Down syndrome was "spastic" retarded was used as well.View Story ▼I live in Great Britain and many years ago the word commonly used for Down syndrome was "spastic" retarded was used as well. Finally in this modern world we refer to these types of conditions as special needs. I have a child with special needs he is autistic. In this country it is offensive to use words such as spastic or retarded although they are still heard but a lot less often.these offensive words and phrases are passed down from parent to child no child is born to hate or disrespect they are taught to hate and disrespect.

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August 12, 2016 | North America: Northern California

Eli

By Laura

When anyone used the word retard or retarded it was absolutely so hurtful, both when he was here with me and now to his memory.View Story ▼This is mostly for my Eli, but also for Ethan. My sons. Eli passed away this past March 12 2016 at 7 years old. He had a chromosome disorder, non-verbal, and couldn't walk. Also had seizures. He was my sweetie and the light of my life. When anyone used the word retard or retarded it was absolutely so hurtful, both when he was here with me and now to his memory. Ethan, my other son, is 5 and has autism. These words are so derogatory and people don't even realize. So, for Eli....and for Ethan, please pledge to stop the word to end the word. Thank you. Laura

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August 03, 2016 | North America: New York

Living in her Fullness

By Ashley Asti

Far too often, we choose words that dismiss individuals with different abilities, that dismiss their strength, their love, their vision, their endurance—how they survive even as they are knocked down.View Story ▼Far too often, we choose words that dismiss individuals with different abilities, that dismiss their strength, their love, their vision, their endurance—how they survive even as they are knocked down. That dismiss the brilliant light that makes each who they are, because we all carry a unique light.When I met Brittany, a woman thriving with Down Syndrome, I discovered a woman whom we could not shrink no matter how hard we tried. Brittany embodies compassion and joy. Her laugh brings out my own every time I hear it; it is not contagious but magnetic. And Brittany is a woman lit up with purpose; from her own vision, she has birthed a nonprofit to “welcome babies and their families to the Down Syndrome family,” she says. Brittany brings hope.Brittany is now 27 years old but, when she was younger, she was involved in Special Olympics gymnastics, swimming, and horseback riding. She speaks with lots of love and joy about that experience.What I’ve learned from Brittany is when we diminish one person’s light, we diminish everyone’s; we are connected and, because we are, all voices matter. No, Brittany is not to be dismissed or shrunken or condescended to—no one is. Together, we rise.

About Ashley Asti:Ashley is a writer and creator of an organic skincare line that celebrates the beauty of all beings, exactly as they are.
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