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The “R” Word – A Video

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The “R” word is a cruel slang. It is a hurtful word to a population of individuals with mental and developmental disabilities.

Watch The “R” Word video, which aims to spread the news about this cruel slang and will hopefully increase the knowledge of its impact on this population.

Watch the video on YouTube HERE.

Some people have mental retardation (intellectual disabilities). While mental retardation is not a bad word, when used to describe someone or something you think is bad or stupid it becomes another thoughtless hurtful word. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not bad. Their condition is not bad. The prejudice and discrimination to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is BAD…and WRONG! Please stop using the word ‘retard’. It hurts individuals and families of those with disabilities. Watch this video produce by the ICE Agency in North Kingstown, RI. It provides visual clarification about the negativity and cruelty of using the “R” Word towards those with mental and developmental disabilities. Watch the video, spread the word, and be kind to everyone around you. The “r” word, “retard,” is slang for the term mental retardation. Mental retardation was what doctors, psychologists, and other professionals used to describe people with significant intellectual impairment. Today the r-word has become a common word used by society as an insult for someone or something stupid. For example, you might hear someone say, “That is so retarded” or “Don’t be such a retard.” When used in this way, the “r” word can apply to anyone or anything, and is not specific to someone with a disability. But, even when the “r” word is not said to harm someone with a disability, it is hurtful.Because of this, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and the greater disability community prefers to focus on people and their gifts and accomplishments, and to dispel negative attitudes and stereotypes. As language has evolved, Special Olympics and Best Buddies have updated their official terminology to use standard, people-first language that is more acceptable to constituents.

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