Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Just Stop Saying It!

See this little guy? Yeah, he pretty much hung the moon according to his mommy and daddy. Today is "Spread The Word To End The Word"...the r-word. When you say "that's so retarded" or "you're retarded" or "does this look retarded?", it hurts millions of people. And you may not even think about a person with intellectual disabilities when you say it, but to a parent, a sibling, a grandparent, aunts and uncles and friends of someone like Bennett, it HURTS. It hurts to the core. 

You may never understand why it's so offensive but if you were in my shoes, you'd be writing this post. So just take my word for it. Please, please think before you speak and take the r-word out of your vocabulary. And tell others it's not okay to say this word. Its about respect and Bennett and so many others would really appreciate it;)


  1. I'm a special education teacher & absolutely love that you posted this today. I am constantly speaking with kids about the use of the "r - word." Thank you for sharing your family's journey :)

  2. Amen! That is one of the most offensive words. Great post...Bennett is such a cutie!

  3. He is so cute and I love the shirt! My state is actually working right now to remove the term from a way to identify a person with a disability. It's being spearheaded by a few adults with disabilities as well, which I think is great!

  4. AMEN! Thank you for posting this and sharing y'all's journey! Bennett is such a sweet boy and you have a beautiful family!


  5. What a cutie he is! That smile just melts your heart.

  6. I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you sooooo much for posting. So many people just say the "R" without thinking twice but its terribly hurtful! Its such a blessing to have any exceptional minded individual in youre life!!!! Thanks again!!! This made my day!!!!!


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