Being Retarded

This is one word that you will never hear me use. Growing up with a younger brother that is impaired cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically, there are many reasons as to why I refuse to use this word. Whenever I hear someone say the ‘r word’ I am instantly reminded of how many times I’ve heard people talk to or refer to my brother as being associated with the word. Being a big sister, and having the duty to protect a younger brother, that’s not something you ever EVER want to hear. It breaks my heart to know that so many people use the word in such a negative manner. And there is a fourteen-year-old boy in my life that is a daily reminder that I have no reason to ever use the word.

· #r word #special education #teaching #retard #word #spread the word to end the word #brother #impairments #equality #derogatory
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