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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
University City United Methodist Church
3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 29269
The R-word is everywhere – in TV, movies, music, and all over social media, on playgrounds and public transportation, and in schools, offices, and homes. Do you cringe every time you hear the word retard(ed)? Why is a word that was once used as a medical description so pervasive in our language and culture? Could its continued relevance be connected to the stigma that still surrounds the disability community?
The R-Word is a purposeful look into the long-reaching history and lasting implications of the word retard(ed) and current attitudes and perceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the personal narrative of four sibling stories and the first-person accounts of self-advocates, we get an intimate and nuanced perspective of the challenges and triumphs of people living with an intellectual disability. The R-Word is an unflinching, heartwarming, humorous, and hopeful journey through our shared human experience.
Advisement: The r-word is mentioned multiple times. The n-word is mentioned. The subject of sex is mentioned. This film may be most appropriate for ages 12+. Parental discretion advised.
Childcare will be available on a limited basis. Contact Holly Zipperer for more information.
Light refreshments will be offered between 6:30pm - 7:00pm.