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"Not Acceptable" PSA

"Not Acceptable" is a powerful and compelling 30 second television PSA which gives voice to a variety of diverse communities each of whom expresses that it is not acceptable to call them by what were once common words, but are now recognized as offensive slurs. It culminates in actress and self-advocate Lauren Potter from "Glee" stating that it is not acceptable to use the word 'retard' and she and "Glee" co-star Jane Lynch make a call to action to stop using the word and to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to make their pledge online at www.r-word.org.

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  • Since when do people think there is any kind of "normal" in this world? Nothing and no one is "normal" because our entire planet is extraordinary. This word ends here.

    Taylor

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    51 hours ago

  • I pledge to support RESPECT by pledging to be a friend and an advocate to individuals with IDD. I will not use the derogatory r-word and support including all individ...

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    Maria Garcia

    Amarillo, TX , Texas
    52 hours ago

  • Today in a meeting I used the word, without a thought in the world, and wound up offending and upsetting someone who I deeply respect. My consciousness is raised. I a...

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    Michelle Goldstein-Roman

    Scarsdale, New York
    68 hours ago

  • I have been so blessed with incredible friends who happen to have mental handicaps. They have showed me how to truly love one another, and their disabilities should never...

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    Kaitlyn

    Grayslake, Illinois
    497 hours ago

  • With a brother who has Down-Syndrome, it's hard for me to hear people say "retard." It might just be that I'm sensitive about it, but I pledge to support the elimination...

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    Jack

    Beaverton, Oregon
    516 hours ago

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