As most of you would know, my big brother has down syndrome. As I’ve grown up with it, I don’t really notice it, until times like last week when I got my L’s, and he couldn’t comprehend why he couldn’t get his as well. Or when he has to wait an hour for us to get back from Melbourne because he isn’t capable of walking home, or even to McDonalds, to wait for us. Or just knowing how much harder his life is going to be.
One of the hardest things about being a ‘sib’ is hearing people speak derogatorily about disabled people, most commonly by using the ‘R’ word. I admit, sometimes it slips out of my mouth, but I always feel terrible about it. A while ago now, Joe Jonas tweeted his support of an organisation called ‘End The Word’ (have I mentioned how much I love him?!), which I just thought was beyond awesome. What the organisation wants to do is all in their name, they simply want to end the use of the R word, and change the conversation.
I think this is an amazingly worthy cause. Without even meaning to, the use of it hurts so many people, not just the people with disabilities (who do understand what you’re saying) but also their friends and family.
So think about. Go to the site, and even if you don’t pledge you’re support, make a mental note to try and stop using the word. We appreciate it.
frangipani princess xoxo