A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The R Word

Today's the day.

"Spread the word to end the word" day.

The word?  Retard. You know, as in "omigod, that is, like, so retarded." It sounds a little bit like valley girl speech, because that's what I hear in my head. Look, you can take the girl out of the valley, but you can't take the valley out of the girl. I digress.

Today is an important day. It's a day we bring a little bit of awareness to the fact that people are still using this word to poke fun at others, to put them down while not even realizing what they're saying. Well, let me tell you what you're saying.

I pulled this from wikipedia:
Retardation is the act or result of delaying; the extent to which anything is retarded or delayed; that which retards or delays.

Well, Little Bird? She might not have a diagnosis that includes mental retardation or intellectual disability, but she's delayed. All her milestones have been delayed. So, I ask you....

Would you call this sweet little girl retarded?


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