Today is "Spread the Word to End the Word" (www.r-word.org) Day, so I'm just doing my part. Please remember to talk with your families about using loving words rather than hurtful ones. This campaign is aimed specifically at the word Retarded since it is one that is often used in a negative way specifically against people with special needs. Please recognize if it's a word you use (many just throw it out when referring to themselves, but ultimately it has a negative connotation) and share with your children that words like this hurt.
Children with special needs are bullied up to 3x more than their typical counterparts. THIS IS CRUEL and breaks my heart to think Nate may have to endure that just because parents didn't take the time to have the conversation with their children. Please, add it to your list of important conversations to have with your kids on an early and ongoing basis!
If you'd like a place to start, here is a 10 minute video of a high school student sharing his thoughts on the r-word and how it relates to his brain-injured sister. This is perfect for middle and high schoolers.
Nate and his friends thank you!