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Words Matter - really

May 20, 2018

Just listened to two adults (parents?) refer to a young adult with downs as a ‘dork’ s-i-x times. It appeared they were thinking they were being ‘playful’. I waved really big at the young person and gave a thumbs up 👍🏾 and an eye roll and she smiled a little. As a person with autism I can tell you that even when you think you are being ‘funny’ - those negative descriptive words hurt. They kill spirit. They crush ambition. They alienate. They separate. They stymy growth. Please, use words that empower action, encourage thinking, build belonging, are inclusive. That do not create a world perspective of ‘you’ and ‘everyone else’. All children are brilliant - it is up to us to recognize our own biases so we can see their brilliance.  

 

 

 

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