Tuesday, 13 March 2012
There are so many fabulous blog posts about Autism and Aspergers that I discover each week I thought it was time to showcase them. This week I’m featuring 4 posts written for the ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ Campaign and one heartbreaking post about the effect use of the R-Word can have.
“Our fourth annual day of awareness to Spread the Word to End the Word was a rousing success with 30,000 online pledges at www.r-word.org and thousands more handwritten ones in schools and communities around the world.”
“This means I am asking you to stop using the words “retard” and “retarded” because when you do, even if you’re joking, even if you don’t mean it as a slur, even if you’re talking about yourself what you are doing is disrespecting people with intellectual disabilities… people like my sons, Sam and Noah.”
“The r-word… retard. It’s a funny little slang word that can be used to describe so many things, situations…. people. It’s a word that’s causally thrown around, used without thinking about it… it doesn’t really mean anything.
Perhaps, if you do not have anyone in your family that has a disability or special need… it really doesn’t mean much to you. And so you don’t get it. Why do people make such a big deal about it? Why do so many people get so upset about a word that you don’t even give a second thought to?”
“ When we, the siblings of someone with special needs, hear the word “retarded” or “retard,” even in the most seemingly-casual context, it strikes us hard.
When we hear it, we hear it as an echo of all the times our brothers and sisters were not welcomed. It’s an echo of every rejection, overt or covert, of every uncomfortable moment when we felt that we had to somehow explain or justify our siblings’ very existence. It reminds us of every time we couldn’t find the words to say that, in our moments of clarity, we see autism as a unique part of who they are. “
YOU CAN FIND AUTISM KEY ON FACEBOOK.
5. This blog post broke my heart when I first read it, the hurt and harm a word can cause is shown here. Please read the comments and follow up posts to see what amazing things can be achieved by people who care. Lit Up Like a Parade
I would usually have a quote here, but seriously you need to go read this post, all of it.