Progress

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Pledge to

Support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech

How this will help

The R-word is the word 'retard(ed)'. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It's offensive. It's derogatory. Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.  Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.  Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language. 

Being a parent of a child with down syndrome I have heard this word used towards my son in a derogatory and mean way many times, and worst it seems to be by individuals that work with children.

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