It is true, people with Down syndrome are slower to learn than those without Down syndrome. It is true that the definition of 'retard' is to slow/delay. However, 'retard' and 'retarded' is most commonly used to insult people both with and without disabilities. When it is used as a synonym for 'stupid' or 'dumb', the word 'retard' degrades the value of those with disabilities.
Since having Calvin I have become very aware of using the words retard, stupid, and dumb. I spend more time thinking about what I actually mean and want to say then find other words. It actually makes me feel more whole because I dig deeper and look longer at people and situations and give them the words that give them greater value.
Since it is Down syndrome awareness month, I thought it would be nice to bring awareness of this issue and show you what people with Down syndrome are capable of and how much they are loved.
If you want to pledge to stop using 'retarded' in the derogatory sense, visit www.r-word.org and join over 200,000 people who've taken action.
Thank you Shannon (Fiona's mom), Anna (older Ellie's mom), Becky (Kristen's mom), Jaime (Jaidin's mom), Megan (younger Ellie's mom) , Nicole (Teagan's mom), Kristin (Harper's mom), Denise (Stevie Joe's mom), Alyssa (Sam's mom), Leah (Cora's mom), Angelica (Isaac's mom), Meriah (Moxie's mom), Monica (Lilly's mom), Melanie (Kellan's mom), Melissa (Broden's mom), Christie (Joseph's mom), Jennifer (Kennedy's mom), Denise (Maddison's mom), Melissa (Rowenna's mom), Susanna (Verity's mom), Catherine (Nathan's mom), Brit (Katie's mom), and Gretchen (Julian's mom).