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Spread the word, to end the word

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on March 2, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:50 PM

Do you use the R-word in everyday conversation? The word "retard", or "retarded"? If you do, you may want to sign a pledge today to stop. Why? The answer is really pretty simple. It's hurtful to people with intellectual disabilities. Many people do it without even thinking, it's just become a part of American slang. There is a campaign to end that. It's called "R-Word, Spread the Word to End the Word".

Today , Americans are being asked to sign a pledge to stop using the R-word. For many of us, it takes knowing and loving someone with intellectual disabilities to realize how hurtful the word really is. Hopefully, that will change.

You can watch a video about today's campaign here:

To sign the pledge to stop the R-word, you can click on this website:

Start a new trend, tell your friends and family!