The word “retarded” can be viewed in many lights, most of them unkind. Growing up next to a sibling with developmental delays and cognitive challenges, I learned from an early age the level of pain that word can cause. To this day, it is equivalent to an “F-bomb” in my house, and anyone who slips it is quickly chastised.
Today, the Huffington Post published this article, which is written by John Franklin Stevens. Stevens, who is listed as the Special Olympics Global Messenger, clearly has Down’s Syndrome. He is quite articulate and his perspective incredibly important. He shares how hurtful the “R-Word” can truly be.
This does not directly relate to Vision Therapy; however, as a profession working with those affected by similar and other challenges, I offer it as a reminder that these things can be extremely hurtful, even when said in jest.