published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
End the R-word in Florida
My name is Stephanie Lynn Travi. I am 29 years old. I live in Sebring.
I think it is wrong that people with disabilities get picked on and pushed around when they are in a wheelchair, can't see, or can't walk very well without the assistance of a walker. Some are deaf, some have epilepsy or other medical problems that can hold them back.
I know what it is like, because I was teased ever since I was a child. It got worse at the age of 19 when I started wearing glasses. That's when I was called "four eyes". I was called "retard" and retarded many, many times in my life.
I have a learning disability, but that doesn't keep me from enjoying what I love - like attending my ADT program, working at the Arc Resale Store, doing Special Stars and the Aktion Club.
I would like a law passed so that me or anyone else with disabilities would not be called a "retard" or retarded anymore. Even any other name that would hurt or offend them, because I think that is just plain cruel.
People with disabilities should be treated just like everyone else. We are no different than other people. We just need some extra care and extra love.
Stephanie Lynn Travi
end the R word (by: Larry J. Overfield - 4/11/2013)
I agree with Stephanie that people who call others with disabilities names are just plain cruel. However, I do not agree with a new law to try and end this behavior. History has shown us that laws that limit speech creates a government that soon enslaves its citizens. I believe that the only way to combat this type of behavior is through Biblical living. To become more Christ like, and see others as God see them, through the eyes of love.
Ok (by: Blindman~ - 4/11/2013)
Okay Stephanie, since you put it that way and feel so strongly about the "R" word maybe everyone can stop using it. Thank you for expressing your concerns about the issue and sharing the programs and activities you enjoy. No more "R" word!
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