How "retardation" went from a clinical description to a word of derision
When they were originally introduced, the terms “mental retardation” or “mentally retarded” were medical terms with a specifically clinical connotation; however, the pejorative forms, “retard” and “retarded” have been used widely in today’s society to degrade and insult people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, when “retard” and “retarded” are used as synonyms for “dumb” or “stupid” by people without disabilities, it only reinforces painful stereotypes of people with intellectual disabilities being less valued members of humanity. (source)
Today, on behalf of Leanne and Josie, we ask that you remove the R-Word from your vocabulary. Can you help us spread the word to end the word?
CLICK HERE for advice on how you can react when you hear someone use the R-word in order to help us eliminate this offensive language from every day speech. Do it for Leanne. Do it for Josie.