March 08, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Babble: "One Word Parents Never Want To Hear Again"

By Roberto Coquis

Babble posts “I hate when my son says that word,” the mom of a 10-year-old griped to me. “I tell him not to, but he keeps using it!’ We’d been talking about the word “retard” and how offensive it is to me as the parent of a child of intellectual disability—and to my son, too, even though he does not yet understand the meaning of the word. Today is a national awareness day for Spread The Word To End The Word, a campaign created by the Special Olympics. Even as parents of kids with special needs have pleaded with others to just use a different word that’s not demeaning or offensive, kids and adults still aren’t getting why it’s a crappy word. Doubters claim it’s perfectly fine to use as slang. Others say we’re stomping on their freedom of speech. That we’re being too politically correct. That we’re being overly sensitive." To read more click below

About Roberto Coquis: I work at Special Olympics
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