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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flipswitch Podcast » "In Other Words" Part 4: What's wrong with "Retard"?; Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD thru Eyes of a Doctor & Special O Athlete : June 2011

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Wrapping up the "In Other Words" series, this podcast (Part 4) looks at the R Word, retard. We see the stigma people with disabilities face through the eyes of Jimmy, a 27-year old doctor whose 19-year old brother has Cerebral Palsy and Jerry, a 23-year old Special Olympics athlete who has both ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Asperger's Syndrome. Jerry tells us why "retard" is hurtful and what word he prefers we use. Jimmy helps us brainstorm Other Words we can use besides the R Word to vent about frustrating people or situations.

Food for Thought/Suggestions for Comments:

•Were you encouraged by Jimmy's selfless love for his brother?
•Were you encouraged by Jerry's success despite his obstacles?
•Do you ever get tired of hearing people use "retard" to describe all things stupid?
•Do you see the similar stigma people with disabilites and mental illness face?

# For Parts 1,2,3, and much more please click headline or visit: http://www.bpkids.org/flipswitch

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