Today is a very special day.
It is Spread the Word to End the Word Day!
Maybe you have heard of this day? I know I am on social media every year letting the world know I have pledged. That I pledge #Respect thru my words & actions. To help create communities of inclusion for people with Intellectual Disability (ID).
What is ID?
Intellectual disability is a below-average cognitive ability referring to an individuals general mental capability which involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience. (The ARC)
Who are individuals most likely to have ID?
Studies show that somewhere between one (1) percent and three (3) percent of Americans have intellectual disability. There are many causes of intellectual disability, factors include physical, genetic and/or social.
The most common syndromes associated with intellectual disability are autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
What is Spread the Word to End the Word?
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 to help create communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.
When someone uses the r-word, either to describe a person or not, they are using the word in a negative context.
It is time to stop using the R-word
My point? It is never okay to use the R – word.
Language affects attitudes. Attitudes affect actions. Make your pledge to use respectful people first language and help eliminate the use of the r-word in everyday speech.
Are you done with the R-word? Then don’t hesitate and make the pledge to eliminate the R-Word from our vocabulary!
Sign the pledge found here.
Pledge #Respect by not using the r-word and encourage others to do the same!
Intellectual Disability, The ARC, 2016, https://www.thearc.org/learn-about/intellectual-disability