Who You Hurt

Once again, Ann Coulter is being her charming self on Twitter, uttering this eye-roll-inducing statement –



Yes, Ms. “I’m So Smart” called the President of the United States a “retard”.


So of course, this has gotten the attention of us special needs parents on Twitter. A campaign has started, with the hash tag #whoyouhurt –

So, who gets hurt when you use the word “retard” around me and mine?

I could go on about hurting my other children, myself, my husband, Maura’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers…or even link you to what I wrote about our interpretation of the phrase “Being Retarded”

But really? Who you really hurt is yourself.  You hurt yourself with your ignorance and your inability to consider other people’s feelings.  You make yourself appear to be uncaring and inconsiderate of some of the most vulnerable in our society. At the end of the day, you aren’t applauded for your witty statements and quips.  Instead, you are just someone causing pain to people who don’t really need more pain in their life.  And we’re tired of it.

I said it before, I’ll say it again – the only person who looks stupid when you use the word “retarded” is yourself.



This is our version of “retarded” – a bright beautiful loving child – I hope anyone reading this will think twice before using that word as a derogatory slur again.