I have just taken the pledge to make the world a more accepting and inclusive place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
Words are hurtful.
As the mom of an intellectually disabled teenage daughter,
I have seen first hand the damage this word can cause.
I have watched the use of this word
I will never forget the utter disappointment I felt when my Boom
was a mere 2 year old...
a close young relative; while joking with her friend about school issues
flippantly and unexpectedly