Campaign To End The "R-Word"

By News 8

Published 03/05 2014 03:06PM

Updated 03/06 2014 10:44AM

The Golisano Foundation is spreading the word to end the "R-word." 

It is part of the a national campaign that asks people to take a pledge to not use the word "retard" or "retarded." The derogatory word has gained popularity in our culture. Many local organizations are taking part in the pledge, including the University of Rochester. The goal is to promote more accepting attitudes for all people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"Never can you use it without being hurtful. If you were to say 'you're such a retard,' you really think of a population that have disabilities and you're really making an innuendo toward that population. You can think of so many other words to use," Stephanie Straka said.

This is the fourth year of the campaign. To take the pledge, click here. 

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