Remove the R-word from Your Vocabulary

Your DGB for today is to make a sincere promise to remove the hurtful R-word (retard, retarded, or any pejorative form of the word retardation) from your lexicon. Do it now, and do it forever. It’s cruel, it’s harmful, and it’s uncreative. You’re better than that. Make it official by signing the pledge here. (Supported by the Special Olympics and Best Buddies)

“Geeze, lay off! It’s just a word and I don’t mean it that way!” Yes, it’s just a word, but words are powerful and we should choose them carefully. Projecting a respectful attitude towards people with Intellectual Disabilities makes for a more inclusive world.