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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: