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15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent

15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
I write this list in the hopes that it will be read by some of those good people who mean well but whose words can still be as sharp as knives....
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All of the following examples of things not to say come from things that have actually been said to me or other special needs parents.

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I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word

I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability....
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To all of you who use it, let me say it one more time, THE R-WORD HURTS. You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability. Every time a person uses the r-word, no matter who it is aimed at, it says to those who hear it that it is okay to use it. That's how a slur becomes more and more common. That's how people like me get to hear it over and over, even when you think we aren't listening.

So, why am I hurt when I hear "retard." Let's face it, nobody uses the word as a term of praise. At best, it is used as another way of saying "stupid" or "loser." At worst, it is aimed directly at me as a way to label me as an outcast -- a thing, not a person. I am not stupid. I am not a loser. I am not a thing. I am a person.

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