The R-Word

As we close in on the end of the month I would just like to share something very special about October…

Halloween—and everything it entails—is fantastic. If you haven’t noticed from my last posts…I revel in the festivities and excitement. But October is also pretty awesome because it is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

As a sister to an individual with Down syndrome, I’m trying really hard to be the kind of advocate for my brother and the special needs community that I want to be. I want to break out of my shell and help people and educated people about this part of my life. Most importantly I want my brother to be proud of me, because he is my BIGGEST inspiration.

This is just one of my ways.

One of my biggest concerns about society today is that we have preconceived notions and assumptions about people with disabilities. It’s important to know the facts. Above all, we need to remember we all can contribute to and have an impact on our society. We are all worth something.

Growing up with an older brother with Down syndrome isn’t always easy. As I made my way through the really awkward and difficult years of middle school and into high school, what really struck home the most was the insensitivity of our generation, especially when we throw around words like “retarded.”

Now, I’ve fought long and hard with some stubborn people about why the r-word is completely inappropriate in any sort of context. It’s obsolete, plain and simple. And there are much better and more descriptive words we can use to express what we mean.

It’s also just plain mean. And hurtful. This video can’t put it any better.

Will you do something for me? Take the pledge.

Have a lovely day!

Marisol

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Friday, October 28, 2011

The R-Word

As we close in on the end of the month I would just like to share something very special about October…

Halloween—and everything it entails—is fantastic. If you haven’t noticed from my last posts…I revel in the festivities and excitement. But October is also pretty awesome because it is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

As a sister to an individual with Down syndrome, I’m trying really hard to be the kind of advocate for my brother and the special needs community that I want to be. I want to break out of my shell and help people and educated people about this part of my life. Most importantly I want my brother to be proud of me, because he is my BIGGEST inspiration.

This is just one of my ways.

One of my biggest concerns about society today is that we have preconceived notions and assumptions about people with disabilities. It’s important to know the facts. Above all, we need to remember we all can contribute to and have an impact on our society. We are all worth something.

Growing up with an older brother with Down syndrome isn’t always easy. As I made my way through the really awkward and difficult years of middle school and into high school, what really struck home the most was the insensitivity of our generation, especially when we throw around words like “retarded.”

Now, I’ve fought long and hard with some stubborn people about why the r-word is completely inappropriate in any sort of context. It’s obsolete, plain and simple. And there are much better and more descriptive words we can use to express what we mean.

It’s also just plain mean. And hurtful. This video can’t put it any better.

Will you do something for me? Take the pledge.

Have a lovely day!

Marisol

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