Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Well put, my friend.

~~Dear World,
"What's the big deal? It's just a word." Yes, it is just a word, a word I am all too familiar with. See, if you look back at all my daughter’s medical records, you will see that word. They all say, “Diagnosis: Mental retardation with unknown origin”. So, when I hear these phrases (and I hear them often!): “I’m so retarded”, “He/She is so retarded”, “That is so retarded”, “They are retards” to describe something or someone doing something so clearly stupid or ridiculous (or just annoying you because you find it stupid), you offend me. When a term used for a specific disability is turned into a derogatory phrase, it becomes hurtful, even if it is “just a word”. I find it to be a bigger insult to the disabled community than to the non-disabled person you are calling a retard/retarded. I know that I can’t police the language you choose to use. Just know that when I hear it come out of your mouth, I lose a little respect for you. If you forget and it slips out when my daughter and I are around, a simple “I’m sorry” will suffice because chances are that I don’t want to make you feel as bad as you just made me feel, so I won’t make an issue out of it. But I am asking that you try to be considerate and remember that when you use it, you are taking the term used to describe my daughter and turning it into something negative.
Humbly,
The Mom of a daughter who happens to have Mental Retardation



(thank you, Amy!!!)