Would You Call My Child A Retard?

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Submitter Name: 
LoveThatMax
Content Creator Name: 
Ellen Seidman
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Love That Max
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Visuals
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"It's just slang!" "I'd never call a person with disabilities a retard!" "Stop being The Word Police!"

These are some of the responses I've gotten in recent years when I've asked people not to use the word "retard," a word that demeans people with intellectual disabilities. It's a word that's all over social media (follow the hashtag #retard on Twitter and you'll see what I mean). So I created a video with a face behind the word—my son, Max—to help people better understand how hurtful the word is.