I say it. We all say it. And we say it without thinking about it. Our Geneticist said it when talking about what life would be like with Ella. But it hurts and it needs to stop.
It is used as a synonym for "stupid" or "dumb" refers to people with disabilities. It reinforces stereotypes. It devalues. It humiliates.
So let's end the use of the r-word: you and me.
I pledge to show respect...will you?