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!