Today, the first Wednesday in March, is the annual campaign to "Spread The Word To End The Word." The campaign is supported by Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and more than 200 other organizations.
This campaign is to make people aware of the words they use, specifically the word retard(ed) in every day language. In short, the hurtful and derogatory way it is frequently used, and to end its usage in this way.
I'm not going to do a long blog post about the use of this word because I've posted about it the past several years and I don't think there is much more I can say on this subject that I haven't already shared. I have nothing new in terms of my plea asking people to stop using this word to describe every negative scenario that you come across.
Last year I Challenged You to come up with a different word in your every day conversations.
In 2013 I simply asked you to Use Another Word.
I sent An Open Letter in 2012.
In 2011 and 2010 I Spread The Word To End The Word.
I Joined In to spread awareness of this campaign for the first time in 2009.
There are plenty of PSAs available for watching and sharing on the website.
There are logos, graphics, and fact sheets.
I'm just asking, again, will you pledge to not use the #rword in your speech? Will you pledge to be more conscientious and find another word?