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February 7, 2012

Never an Acceptable Use of the 'R' Word

  • Sarah
    Sarah Baier, L.M.S.W.
    Senior Supervisor YAI's Leisure Trax, Independent Living and Hankering for More

A camp friend shared this link with me and it got me thinking about the 'R' word. 

I grew up at a camp where YAI ran their summer camp and where this word just wasn't used, along with any other slurs for that matter. No one would

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even think of using it. And working at YAI it certainly isn't used. And then there are moments when I'm reminded that this isn't always the world. Such as my student teaching experience in college where my "role model" teacher, would ask for help because she was "so retarded with her stapler," yes folks this was an inclusion setting and yes, I was a special education major. "I didn't mean it that way." Oh right, you meant it as ... a term of endearment? A compliment? Right ...

Tags: Advocacy; Education; Person Centered