The “R’ word is exceptionally offensive and hurtful. Its flippant and insensitive usage affects families, individuals, and the ways that society perceives people with disabilities and/or Down’s Syndrome. It is unacceptable to have this word in our lexicon in 2021; there is, and ALWAYS has been, a plethora of words to choose from instead of using the word “retarded.” For Episode 19, Suzanne interviews her close childhood friend, Lauren Ash, who has a 4-year-old son with Down’s Syndrome. She is an activist in the community and believes deeply in eradicating the usage of the “R” word. She is incredibly honest and open with us in this conversation; we hope this episode is a jumping point for conversations within your own families and circles of friends. Erase. This. Word.
“The words I really didn’t need to hear were ‘What are you gonna do about it?’”
More About Lauren:
Lauren Ash and Suzanne grew up around the corner from each other and met when they were 6 years old in first grade. They have been close friends ever since. Lauren holds a BFA from Boston College in Art History and an Associate’s Degree from Parsons School of Design. She worked at museums before becoming an interior designer in NYC, where she worked for ten years at elite firms. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband and three energetic children. Maddy (Madeline), Brighton, and Marigold (Goldie).
About the Show:
There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.
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