March 08, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Parents: 5 Things People Don’t Get About The Word “Retard”

By Roberto Coquis

Parents reports, "There’s a word people love so much that when you ask them to refrain from saying it they’ll defend it and sometimes fight you on it. That word is “retard,” and when I and other parents have spoken out against it, we’ve gotten a whole lot of arguments in return. Today is a day of awareness for Spread The Word To End The Word, a campaign created by the Special Olympics to raise awareness about the rampant use of the word—and why people should rethink using it. This seems like a fine time to respond to some of the recent comments I’ve gotten from people on Facebook about using the word, and clear up misunderstandings. Here goes: “The word ‘retarded’ is a word like any other…. It has a definition and an implication and they’re not the same thing.” To read more click below

About Roberto Coquis: I work at Special Olympics.
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