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Think twice before publishing the r-word

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What gives you the right to publish the word “retarded.” Not only is it a word that’s hurtful, it insults people with disabilities. We all come in unique forms. Does that make us retarded? No, it makes us stronger. I’m an adult with a disability, does that make me a retard? It actually makes me a stronger individual. I struggle with my disability every day. My disability has taught me to strive for my dreams. I’ve accomplished many goals from being different. We’re the same as other adults, but just do things at a slower pace. I live independently, have a job, and can cook for myself. So please think twice before publishing the r-word. You may be surprised what people with disabilities can do. I don’t like being disrespected.

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