Today is Spread The Word to End the Word Day. Take a stand and raise awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word (retarded, or retard), and help encourage others to think before they speak.
People use slang words mindlessly on a daily basis, without considering that if you use a word to mean “stupid,” it is equating the medical
terminology with that interpretation as well. The R-word is just as cruel and offensive as any other slur. Word are powerful, and can reflect a painful stereotype of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
“Offense Taken” is a DVD produced by Self-Advocates of Minnesota (SAM), which brings attention to the hurtful use of the “R” word. A link to a video clip can be found on our website http://www.arcwestcentral.org/
“Spread the Word to End the Word is Special Olympics’ awareness campaign. Make your pledge to choose respectful people first language at go to http://www.r-word.org. to learn more.