Today is more than just a day of inclusion and acceptance
“A lot of…promises are easily broken; it’s easy to sleep in and push my workout back to tomorrow morning, and it’s easy to cancel plans with friends to do homework or sleep.
“This morning, however, I made a promise that I know I will keep for the rest of my life.
“Today, March 2nd, 2016, I took a pledge. In honor of the annual day of awareness for the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, I gave my word that I would, from now on, “support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities,” in the exact words of the campaign’s official pledge. I have always believed that the use of the r-word – ‘retard(ed)’ – is a shamefully derogatory word that has no place in everyday speech, jokingly or otherwise.”