Monarch Joins National Campaign

People worldwide are making their pledge from work, home, schools, and more. Help Monarch and North Carolina take a strong stand against a word which hurts so many people everyday. Go to to pledge against using the word today and to encourage others to stop using it as well.

Here are just a few pledges from made on March 3rd:

“For my sister Katie, who is my hero and best friend, and has Down Syndrome, I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”
––Elizabeth, Charleston, South Carolina

“I do not like being called retarded because it makes me feel stupid. I hope people will respect me.” ––Barbara, Oceanside, NY

“I will encourage others not to use the very offensive ‘R’ word.”
––Lark, Lufkin, TX

While many people may not think of the R-word as a curse word or hateful language, it can feel that way to others. When someone uses the R-word to make fun of a person or to refer to behavior that is clumsy, hapless, and even hopeless, it makes people with intellectual disabilities feel less than human. No one deserves to have their clinical diagnosis used as a derogatory term.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are fully capable of enjoying and sharing life experiences – listening to music, playing video games, watching movies, and having fun. Many work together toward athletic excellence and building friendships as demonstrated constantly through Special Olympics and Best Buddies International. They go to work, attend school, drive cars, volunteer, get married, and make important life decisions.

Monarch encourages families and friends to talk about the R-word and to join the effort to Spread the Word to End the Word. For more information and to make your pledge today, please go to

Monarch provides support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues throughout North Carolina. Monarch is a nonprofit and is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight” for people living in our communities, please call 1-800-230-7525 or visit online at