End The Word

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

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5 thoughts on “End The Word

  1. If it weren't for the amount of time I spend with your family I wouldn't have the same appreciation for things like this. I love that Joe cares so much about people with disabilities and raising awareness etc.Xoxo.. Toongen..

  2. I know exactly how you feel. My younger sister has Down Syndrome and it really irritates me when i hear people using the word "downer" or retard, so to know that Joe Jonas is against it and is promoting "End the Word" is amazing.Love your blog :)xoxo

  3. For some reason I read the title as 'End The WorLd'. So when I read "What the organisation wants to do is all in their name" I was like that's an odd organisation to support 😛

  4. i think its a great organisation, also there are more people around who understand your brother than you may hear about. they may not let on, due to personal problems with the subject, however they do understand. 🙂

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