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Today is Spread the Word to End the Word which is an effort to raise consciousness about the hurtful effects of using the word retard(ed). To learn more about the movement visit www.r-word.org where you can take the pledge to help build communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.  Our family has participated in this movement since it’s inception in 2009.  While some critics of the campaign argue that it promotes censorship, the campaign’s main purpose is to raise awareness that the word retard(ed) is offensive so that people will think before they speak.  Words have power as shown in this video (this has strong language that may not be suitable around children but needs to be heard by adults).  It’s not censorship, it’s civility.

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Michelle

Michelle is a writer based in Richmond, KY who is trying to navigate special needs parenthood and life in an imperfect world, all while keeping her sanity. She is on the board of the Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Foundation and is a contributor to The Mighty and The Today Show Parenting Team. She'd love to hear from you! Send her an email at michelle@chasingthecleavers.com.

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