Examining the Damaging Impact of the "R-Word"

“That’s retarded.”

How many times a day do you or someone you know use this phrase in casual conversation? More importantly, how often do you take the time to consider the impact that it has?

I have an aunt. She is funny and full of personality, and she has left a positive impact on so many people with her humorous, easy-to-please nature. She is also mentally disabled.

Growing up with her in my family has taught me so much about acceptance, patience, tolerance, and the immense value that can be found in the special needs community. However, I have also learned how narrow-minded and ill-informed people can be towards those who are different from them.

Read the full story by Sarah Chrisien on Uloop.