It really really really makes me extremely upset when people say this word. My 11 year old cousin has Down Syndrome, as well as my boyfriend’s little brother. The R word is VERY offensive, even to people who aren’t special needs. Please don’t use it. It’s really really offensive. And the amount of times I’ve been called it even though I am not special needs I just have disabilities but it’s really used way out of context. Find another word! 

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Teaching young @gigidegidio about the #RwordCampaign


In an E! News interview, Lauren talks about dating, Glee, her crushes, and why the “R word” is so hurtful. 

–March 2011


Okay guys, I’m about to say something that’s near and dear to my heart.

Today is National Down Syndrome awareness day. 

My cousin who is 11, was born with Downs. I really didn’t know anything much about it until Isaac came into my life. I want to say, that knowing Isaac has changed me. He, unlike a lot of people in this world, loves without condition. He doesn’t care who you are, he loves you. I swear if you were a complete stranger he would probably hug you just because that’s the way he is. Isaac, although being high-functioning, is having to go back into diapers and they are having to pull him out of school because his condition is worsening. 

I just want to say that if you see someone who is different, be it Downs or something else, please don’t treat them differently. I can’t tell you the amount of times he’s been picked on by kids his own age, people calling him retarded. That is one of the most hurtful words ever in this world. Treat them just like everyone else, because the truth is you are more alike than different. 


“NOT Acceptable” - “R-Word” PSA , starring Glee’s Lauren Potter & Jane Lynch