Far too often, in the classroom or on the streets, we hear people using the word “R” word, “retard” in an insensitive or bullying way. Many people don’t understand the weight that one word can carry for people with developmental disabilities.
“Even if you’re not intending to hurt someone, the fact that you are (hurting someone) should be enough to make you stop saying it,” said Eileen Cavalier, the mother of a child with Down syndrome, in a very powerful video the Democrat and Chronicle’s Jen Rynda did with Rochester-area residents last year. View the video here.
Today, our community is coming together with the hope that by spreading the message that the “R-word” is hurtful, people will think twice about using that word. You can do something to help end the use of this insensitive word by taking the pledge at www.r-word.org.
Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center cares for many children with developmental disabilities and we recognize the negative impact that this seemingly harmless word can have on these children and their families. Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is committed to improving the health and well-being of children, youth and families affected by developmental and behavioral disorders, ranging from autism spectrum disorders to muscular dystrophy. Read more about the services and programs we provide here.
As part of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s capital campaign, we’re focused on enhancing programs and services in seven key areas, including our autism program. Thanks to our experienced clinicians and dedicated researchers, Golisano Children’s Hospital is proud to have one of the best autism programs in the country. We’re driven to make the care we’re able to provide ever better, with the hope of improving family-centered care, advancing research and educating the doctors of tomorrow to better serve the children of today. Learn more about how you can help us make a difference in the lives of the nearly 1 in 110 children in the U.S. coping with autism spectrum disorders.
Thank you for your support and we hope you’ll consider making your pledge to spread the word to end the word today.