Spread The Word to End the Word.
Today is the annual day of awareness about the use of the 'r-word' ... in literature and in language. Mostly I want you to visit the campaign's webpage ... but ...
Here are three reasons I don't use that word:
1) The moment I was first told that the word caused pain, I could no longer use it without being aware of that fact.
2) Purposely causing pain or choosing to cause pain are things that I don't want to be remembered for.
3) Joining, in solidarity, with people with intellectual disabilities, as they advocate strongly for a respectful world to live in, has given my life renewed purpose.
Here are three reasons I speak up when others use that word:
1) Awareness brings responsibility - silence is acceptance.
2) People know that the word is a hurtful word, they expect that others don't have the courage to speak up - I do.
3) I don't have the power to change the world but I have the power to change the world around me.
Here are three positive things I am doing, year round, to make a difference:
1) I write letters - to those who create entertainment - when the word is used.
2) I speak up, in some way, to store managers who hire people with disabilities, I thank them for their commitment to diversity.
3) I strongly support both the self advocacy and disability pride movements.
Here are three things I want you to know about me:
1) I used to use that word, I have stopped.
2) I resented being called on it.
3) Change was hard, but change is possible.
Here are three words to describe the world I want to live in: