I just found this in my inbox and am thrilled! Lauren Potter and Jane Lynch of Glee are part of his "hard-hitting" PSA that addresses the fact that the R-word is just as hurtful as other slurs that are no longer a part of our lexicon. For people with intellectual disabilities and their families, the R-word is an incredibly hurtful slur.
I admit that until I had Joey I had not truly thought about the R-word and what it means and how powerful it is.
I recently was talking to another mom who has a son who has Down syndrome. He is 25-years-old and what hit the most in my gut was that his mom told me that when people use that word, he knows exactly what it means and it hurts. When you really think about the person it is being directed at knowing what it means--that is when I get a lump in my throat.
I am guilty of having used it in the past in casual conversation. I thought that because it wasn't directed at anyone that it wasn't hurtful. I was wrong. I was so wrong. We are all human, we all make mistakes and we can all try to be a little bit better and a little more thoughtful. Please join me in trying to use a new R-word-- Respect.