As a leader in driving local culture, the National Art Honor Society at Piedmont High School in Monroe needs your support and the support of your readers, in our Spread the Word to End the Word campaign to help make a stand against a word that has gained popularity in culture but is offensive to many. The “r-word” or “retarded” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted by most, despite the fact that its use, casual or otherwise, is hurtful to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who love them.
The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For too long, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had to overcome the challenges society has put forth through stereotypes. It is time for a change, and you and your readers can help.
The Piedmont High School National Art Honor Society accomplishes great things. We are advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are members of our schools, local communities and churches. We believe that they deserve the same respect and dignity that each of us expects from others in return in our daily lives.
Help drive much-needed change that will bring acceptance and inclusion to our community. Include the r-word into your “Not Fit to Print” publishing guidelines alongside other hurtful and profane words. Your paper reaches an enormous number of members of the community and with that influence you can help us get all of those members of the community to take the pledge at www.r-word.org. If the role of a local leader like you is to inform and effect positive change in the community, what better way than helping us to Spread the Word to End the Word and, in turn, create communities of acceptance and inclusion for all people?
National Art Honor Society
Advisers Tracy Price, Susan Helms or Annette Harris