In the words of my friend, Debbie:
"Have you taken the pledge to stop using the R word yet??? What's holding you back? Do you not realize how offensive it is? People who are deemed medically retarded (yes, that's a real medical term) are still people. To hear that worded as a synonym for stupid is highly offensive to them, their friends and families, and anyone with any sense of decorum. GET RID OF THIS WORD!!!"
Please visit http://www.r-word.org/ to take the pledge to eliminate the derogatory use of the words "retard" and "retarded".
Intellectually disabled people often can not stand up for themselves to tell others how they feel about the use of the R word as a derogatory term. Please stand up for them, now.
No one should ever be made to feel less than they are.