Tuesday, August 9, 2011


That's right!  We have our own website now and I have been fortunate to become co-founder of this excellent group.  As I write this post, in less than 36 hours, we have 388 followers.  That is three-hundred and eighty-eight people who want to take a stand against people using discriminatory language towards those with disabilities.

We are officially a grassroots movement and we are being heard.  We are making progress.  Just yesterday, the R-word.org issued a public service announcement about Universal Studios and "The Change Up".  You can read fellow founder Gretchen Mather's interview in the article:  R-word.org: Universal Studios and The Change Up's Use of Discriminatory Language

Continued progress cannot be made with YOU.  We need YOUR help.  Please join our group.  Just by the sheer numbers of followers on our website, a statement is being made.  A statement that this type of language will no longer be tolerated.

This is my daughter Ellie, just one of the people you would be standing up for.  There are many many others.  Does she look "Downsy" (I just loathe that word)?  So what?  She IS A PERSON.  She is love.  She is a child.  She is a daughter.  She is a granddaughter, a niece, a neighbor, a playgroup buddy, and a human.  Yes, she has Down syndrome, but that is not who she is.  She is too young to stand up for herself and therefore it is up to me and others to do so.

I beg you, please join us and spread the word.  Changes can only happen if you try.

After all, this movement started with ONE.  It started with Jen from Cowgirl Up!.  I read her blog and posted it on Facebook.  Gretchen read my status and blogged about it.  Here we are with our own website, logo (soon to be revealed), media contacts, and others.  It is all started with one person speaking out.

Stop Disability Slurs
Mission Statement:

STOP DISABILITY SLURS - Launched on August 7, 2011, Stop Disability Slurs (www.facebook.com/stopdisabilityslurs) is a rapidly growing grass roots cause dedicated to stopping disability slurs across the globe. Just as we do not tolerate racial, religious or sexual slurs in our society, we must take a stand to stop disability slurs. This group is for anyone and everyone who supports individuals with disabilities in any way, shape or form and has the courage to stand up for ALL unique and valued contributors to our society - races, backgrounds , religions, sexual orientations and abilities. Stand Up. Do You Have the Courage? Visit www.facebook.com/disabilityslurs for more information, or email stopdisabilityslurs@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Since our group is currently focusing on "The Change Up" movie and its use of the R-word and specifically ridiculing children with Down syndrome, here is some information:

Ryan Reynolds:Dark Trick Films, Partner
421 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: +1 310 274 3600
Fax: +1 310 274 3670
Publicist for Reynolds:Meredith O'Sullivan, Publicist
11400 W Olympic Blvd
Ste 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90064
 Phone: +1 310 477 4442
Fax: +1 310 477 8442
The Change-Up's Director:David Dobkin
Big Kid Pictures
9000 W Sunset Blvd
Ste 1010
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: +1 310 288 4300
The Change-Up's Writers:Jon Lucas
Creative Artists Agency
Talent Agent-Literary
2000 Avenue Of The Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: +1 424 288 2000
Fax: +1 424 288 2900

Scott Moore
Creative Artists Agency
c/o Gregory McKnight, Talent Agent
2000 Avenue Of The Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: +1 424 288 2000
Fax: +1 424 288 2900
The Change-Up's Distributor:Ron Meyer
Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Phn: +1 818 777 1000



  1. Awwww!!! Look at Ellie's photos!!! What an incredible movement we have helped inspire and that you are now leading! Hugs to you and your amazing daughter.

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  3. Ok, I got the link to work (in case you get the last message). I'm glad I found your blog :) Thank you for raising awareness for kids who need love & support. And thank you for sharing your precious daughter :)


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