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Using the word "retard" to describe me hurts

Using the word "retard" to describe me hurts | words that hurt | Scoop.it
A lot of people are talking about the movie "Tropic Thunder." One of the reasons that it is being talked about is that the characters use the term "retard" over and over.
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Another poignant article written by John Franklin Stephens. Stephens addresses why he thinks using the word "retard" is hurtful; ultimately boiling down the issue to the loneliness that people who experience a disability feel  on a daily basis. 

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"You Don't Say" organizers explain campaign motivations

"You Don't Say" organizers explain campaign motivations | words that hurt | Scoop.it
The Chronicle takes a behind-the-scenes look at the "You Don't Say" campaign launched Monday.
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While this article does not address the use of the r-word directly it does met the spirit of the r-word.org campaign to eliminate the use of derogatory and demeaning language from everyday use. 

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Should the R-Word Be Taboo?

HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.
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This video from 2013 raises awareness about the "Spread the Word, to End the Word" campaign and addresses how r-word.org got its start. Additionally, the video address other words and terms that can negatively impact people. 

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An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

An Open Letter to Ann Coulter | words that hurt | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night's Presidentia...
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This was my first introduction to John Franklin Stephens' writing. He is a great ambassador and does an amazing job connecting and educating people that do not experience a disability.

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What's in a word? Stigma

What's in a word? Stigma | words that hurt | Scoop.it
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An emotionally charged post regarding what this Mom calls the "ultimate insult."

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Reconnecting with compassion

Reconnecting with compassion | words that hurt | Scoop.it
The term "compassion" -- typically reserved for the saintly or the sappy -- has fallen out of touch with reality. At a special TEDPrize@UN, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.
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"Our culture is obsessed with perfection and with hiding problems." This video is breaks down the meaning of compassion for viewers. Word choice has the ability to show respect, kindness, tolerance, etc. 

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Spread The Word

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This image is so simple but can be read in multiple ways. Blue & grey, blue & blue, grey & blue, and grey & grey. 

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Think Before You Talk Launch - YouTube

Members of the Duke University Community explain why it's important that we consider the ramifications of the words that we use and think before we talk.
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This video from Duke University encourages viewers to consider word choice and the the impact words can have on others. 

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One Word Parents Never Want To Hear Again

One Word Parents Never Want To Hear Again | words that hurt | Scoop.it
It's one of the most offensive and hurtful words out there—and these parents explain why
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Three families of children that experience various disabilities explain why the r-word is the one word they never want to hear again.

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Quiz: Do you get why this word hurts so much?

Quiz: Do you get why this word hurts so much? | words that hurt | Scoop.it
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After tracking the use of the word "retard" across the internet and through social media channels such as Twitter, one Mom pulled together this thought provoking quiz to relay why the r-word is hurtful. 

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5 Things People Don’t Get About The Word “Retard”

5 Things People Don’t Get About The Word “Retard” | words that hurt | Scoop.it
Expert advice about pregnancy, your life, and family time from the editors of Parents magazine.
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"Mentally retarded  is no longer a diagnosis." This article explores the way that the r-word has evolved and changed over the years.

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Pledge Your Support | R-word | Spread the Word to End the Word

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This link provides you with all you need in order to pledge your support to "Spread the Word  to End the Word." I did it! Will you?

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A Word Gone Wrong

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A national campaign is raising awareness that the R-word is a slur.
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This article addresses how the r-word takes on different meanings when used in different connotations. 

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What's Wrong with 'Retard'?

When we replace words like "retard" with others like "peer," "co-worker," or "friend," we all benefit from a more complete and beautiful understanding of what it means to be human.
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"Language transforms us." This artcle explains how  word choice has the ability to change lives positively and negatively.

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