Taken from the website:
“Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to get schools, communities and organizations to rally and pledge their support.”
My sister, Carrie, has Down Syndrome, and it has always bothered me how people can use retard(ed) in such a derogatory way about her and others with intellectual disabilities. I know some people use the R-word without meaning to cause harm or be disrespectful, but using the R-word only reinforces the stereotypes that people with intellectual disabilities are less valuable members of society. But they’re not! Please join me in taking the pledge to end the R-word.