R-Word Campaign

The NJCDD began the R-Word campaign to raise awareness to members of the community and the media that the words ‘retard’ and ‘retarded’ are hurtful to people with developmental disabilities and their families, and to encourages the public to eradicate these words from everyday vocabulary.

Advocates frequently hold rallies, and community engagement projects to spread the word to end this hateful language in our homes, our schools, in the media, and in the community we all share.

Learn about the Council’s initiative to put an end to the use of the words “retard” and “retarded” in our schools and our communities. Find out what you can do to participate in this effort, and even request an R-Word presentation at your school!

Take the Pledge

I pledge that I will not use the words “retard” or “retarded”. I understand that this is hurtful to people who have developmental disabilities and people who love them. I will be careful with my words, and will ask others not to use their words either.

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