By Ellen Seidman
March 5, 2014
Today's the sixth annual Spread the Word to End the Word Day, dedicated to raising awareness about an insulting word -- and respect for people with intellectual disability. Started by the Special Olympics, the campaign is on the surface about why the word "retard" perpetuates negative stereotypes of people with ID but at heart, it's about consideration.
These are reasons why kids like mine with special needs deserve your respect:
1.) Because he is a kid. He may act differently, walk differently or think differently than most children do but at heart he is a child like any other. He matters. He has worth. He has potential.