Scrubs’ actor, John C. McGinley, supports the Special Olympics Campaign -‘Spread the Word to End the Word’. McGinley’s 11-year-old son, Max, has Down syndrome. Here’s part of John’s message. It’s a day late, but the campaign to stop the casual use of the word ‘retard(ed)’ is ongoing.


A personal message from John C. McGinley
“Hi, I’m John C. McGinley. I’m an ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society, and today I’m teaming up with Special Olympics to bring you a message that’s important to me.

So many times in life you are asked to change…Change your clothes. Change lanes. Change jobs. Change the sheets. Change flights. Change your tune. Change horses midstream. Change your latitudes and your attitudes!
Change, and the ability to adapt, is to the human condition as air is to the lungs. We change, and in the doing, we thrive! In fact, we just elected a president who promised, above all else, to “change.”

What if, on March 31, you elected to change the way you use the words “retard” and “retarded”?”

Graphics/Photo courtesy of Special Olympics/Used with permission.