The "R-Word" (used to describe people with intellectual disabilities) is very offensive to me. Way before I was blessed to have Abby in my life, I hated the word. And I've said that before.
I came across this blog post, which is one of many I have enjoyed from Love That Max. Ellen's writing is real and from the heart. She also has a whole lot of courage to do the Twitter experiment she did! I am too worried about getting people mad at me, but she showed a lot of guts!
If you're an "R-Word" user, it would be an awesome Valentine's Day gift to the millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities (and those who don't, but people assume they do because they're in a wheelchair, on a ventilator, etc.) if you'd consider a different word.
From a mom who hopes the term is never aimed at her daughter.