March 3, 2010 has been designated End the R-Word Day. We encourage everyone to go to R-Word.org, join the tens of thousands of people who have taken the pledge, and spread the word to end the word to everyone you know.
The r-word is derogatory and demeaning toward our children and to everyone with intellectual challenges. The words we use in our everyday speech matter. We hear and read all sorts of negative language about our kids. It’s time to change that. Both Hands and a Flashlight has taken the pledge to work to eliminate the r-word and set a new and positive tone. We hope you will too.
Many of us are not without sin in having used this word in the past. I confess to my shame that I once did so. It is time that we all resolve from this point forward to eradicate the word from our vocabulary. Let’s commit ourselves to a new r-word – respect.