This is a powerful article on the “R” word. I didn’t understand the meaning or the effect of saying the word because I really never was and still am not very good at dealing with other people’s emotions in social context. I am look at definitions of words and often I used them just as they are defined and well being the little book smart nerdy kid that I was I had a friend who had a learning disability when I was in Junior High school, he was actually a Junior in high school at the time. I called him the “R” word and he looked at me and in what had to be the most eloquent way possible he explained the significance of the word. I never forgot that, and I find the words here to be just as eloquent and beautiful. Bravo!

The World of Special Olympics

The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.  I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.  In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…

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