Today is Spread the Word to End the Word Day. I know that many do not understand what the big deal is when you say the “R” word. I also know that many of you know the struggles my family goes through to get our son the basic services and treatments he needs to impact his life long term. The “R” word degrades his worth and provides images that he is less than others, which is simply not the truth. He is a teacher, a fighter and an avid user of Youtube. I ask you here and now to stop saying the “R” word. It does not add value to your life or the lives of those who are working so hard to be included. Instead, I ask you to use words like courage, caring, unselfish, and friend.