Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spread the word to end the word campaign


A personal message from John C. McGinley

Hi, I’m John C. McGinley. I’m an ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society, and today I’m teaming up with Special Olympics to bring you a message that’s important to me.
John C. McGinley and his son, Max
So many times in life you are asked to change…
Change your clothes. Change lanes. Change jobs. Change the sheets. Change flights. Change your tune. Change horses midstream. Change your latitudes and your attitudes!
Change, and the ability to adapt, is to the human condition as air is to the lungs. We change, and in the doing, we thrive!
In fact, we just elected a president who promised, above all else, to “change.”
What if, on March 31, you elected to change the way you use the words “retard” and “retarded”?
Hardly seems like the largest of sacrifices. Not when you consider the changes in language that you have, so willingly, already elected to integrate into your vernacular. You no longer use the words nigger, or kike, or faggot, or jap, or kraut, or mick, or wop.
Why would you? Why on earth would you? Those are all words that hurt. Those are all racial and ethnic slurs and epithets that perpetuate negative stigmas. They are painful! And that is not okay. It is wrong to pain people with your language. Especially, when you have already been made aware of your oral transgression’s impact.
Make no mistake about it: WORDS DO HURT! And when you pepper your speak with “retard” and “retarded,” you are spreading hurt. So stop it. Stop saying “retard” and “retarded.” Those words suck! You are better than that and you definitely do not need to be “that guy.”
There is no longer any acceptable occasion to lace your dialogue with the words “retard” and “retarded.” Without fail, those words are the stuff of hurt. They, straight up, are. So, stop it! Stop using the “R-word.”
The 7 million people with intellectual disabilities (around the planet) who are on the receiving end of this hate speak are genetically designed to love unconditionally. These “retards” are NEVER going to return your vitriol. Ever! So what could possibly be the up-side of continuing to use the “R-word” in your daily discourse?
We love you. We do!
And, just in case you missed it and you need an extra hug? We love you!
You do not need to love us in any kind of reciprocal fashion. You don’t. (It’s not that kind of bargain.)
But, how about on March 31, you elect to change? A word? Two stinkin’ syllables?
On March 31, join us and “Spread the Word to End the Word.” And the word is “retard!” It HURTS! So help us to cut it out.
Thank you!
We do love you!
John C. McGinley

Sunday, March 22, 2009

World Down Syndrome Day

I'm a day late in posting for World Down syndrome Day but I thought this video clip was perfect for this celebration. Hope you enjoy this footage of our own local celebrity, Lily Smith (her mom is the president of Utah Down Syndrome Foundation), she is featured in the upcoming movie The Jerk Theory.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Books are fun, Books are great, Let's sit down with a book today!

Thanks for all the words of encouragement with Morgan's testing! I took Scarehaircare's advice and made a little video of Morgan and gave it to her teacher and speech therapist at Parent Teacher Conferences last week. Here's a little sampling of the video with her reading some sight words and kindergarten books. You'll notice she liked to read the books by looking at them on the video camera monitor more than sitting on the couch.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Geography Bee Update

We found out at parent teacher conferences that Jack will be competing in the state geography bee. He is the first student from his elementary school to qualify for the state level. He is one of 100 students in Utah that will compete next month. The winner goes to DC for the national competition and that winner gets a $25,000 college scholarship. I wonder if the other students are studying because I know this boy sure isn't!