March 17, 2011

Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery

Tiffany writes a very thoughtful and insightful blog. She is honest and true about her 8 year old daughter with down syndrome, Elise, and her challenges and triumphs. In honor of "Spread the Word to End the Word, she wrote the following, please read:

Just a Little Bit Downsy: The "R" Word, and Why it Cuts:

If you grew up in the 80's or 90's, you've probably heard the word "retarded" and perhaps even used it to hurt someone. If you did, I'm not here to yell at you and try and make you feel badly. I am not even pulling a Harry Potter today, and talking about "the word that shall not be named".

I have gotten a LOT of flack for the name of my blog. I am judged and written off. I have without a doubt, lost followers or fans. I was very deliberate when I chose the name, I got warnings and reprimands within the first few weeks from starting it. I chose it because I wanted everyone to know just how open I am willing to be. I want to be honest and not hide behind terminology. I want to tell you WHY parents are so "militant" about terminology and why they will jump down your throats for your carelessness. I wanted you to understand what our life really is. I wanted you to know how frivolous that diagnosis is to my value of my child. I love Elise for being her. I do not care if she is not what the world views as perfect. I do not care what you think if she has a meltdown in the middle of a store. I do not care what you think about when you hear the word "quality of life", because I know that she is a treasure beyond price!  MUCH MORE ON TIFFANY'S BLOG!

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