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The aim of the #NoGoodWay campaign is to eliminate the word “retard” from everyday conversation. You wouldn’t use other words rooted in discrimination, so why use one that reminds people with intellectual disabilities of bullying and exclusion?
of people wouldn’t goon a second date withsomeone who says it
of interviewerswouldn’t hire acandidate who says it
of Canadians reporthearing it at leastonce a week*
Sure, to you, “retard” is just a word. We get it. And most of the time, you wouldn’t say it to hurt anybody. We’re not here to silence free speech. We’re here to ask you to stand with the 1 in 100 Canadians living with an intellectual disability. Make the choice to stop saying it and inspire others to do the same.
*Percentages are from an online survey of 1,555 Canadians completed between November 23 to 26, 2018, using Leger’s online panel. The margin of error for this study was +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.