Today people like me, a mom with a perfect baby boy with Down syndrome are speaking out. Our message is simple. Please stop using that word. It is a word that makes us cringe, even sick to our stomach.
In the first few hours as I sat there holding my baby boy, trying to process his diagnosis, one of things that popped into my mind is..... I dread the day my little boy comes home in tears because someone calls him the "R" word. With everyone saying it these days with such ease, it seems inevitable that it will happen. But, it will hurt my little guy and me as his mother, a lot.
I don't think for a second my son is, even medically speaking, that awful word. He is so smart, and with advancements in medicine and education, I know my son's generation is going to have higher IQ's and accomplish more then ever before. But, for now unfortunately, the medical community still chooses to use that word and even more unfortunately, many of you do too. That breaks my heart, for my son, for everyone under the special needs spectrum.