Mental Retardation is one of the most common forms of disability in the world. It’s far more common than Cerebral Palsy and until recently it was far more common than Autism. Some retarded people and their families have claimed the words retard and retarded are offensive to them and they refuse to use these words. Clearly many people have no clue what Mental Retardation is and think anyone with any kind of impairment is retarded in some way. I clearly understand why even someone with a mental impairment would be offended if someone called them the r word but this is not the reason to ban the r word. If you don’t like it, don’t use it. People can be jerks.
THE R WORD