– 31-year-old Sian Isaac has a son with Down’s syndrome and she calls him a “retard” on a regular basis
– She explains that she does this because she wants him to laugh at himself
– She also has her own blow on what it’s like to raise Down’s syndrome kids
Sian Isaac calls her 6-year-old son, named Josh, a “retard” because she wants her son to grow up and be able to laugh at himself. Also she thinks it’ll make him much stronger.
Sian has launched an online blog to express and enlighten others on what it's like to raise a child with a genetic condition like Down's.
That’s what she says about all that:
"I don't call Josh a retard all of the time. I used that word, rightly or wrongly, before he was born. I don't use it in the house very often at all. I'd say to Ollie 'stop being a retard' so I would not then not say it to Josh just because he has Down's syndrome.
People in the Down's syndrome world would think retard is the worst remark. Rightly or wrongly I would call someone a retard. It's not meant offensively; It's just a word and I've not stopped doing using it, just less."
Also she adds: "We are trying to teach him you don't need to get offended by those people as it's not worth it. We are just a bit more realistic I suppose. I would never use it as an offensive term at all and if anyone did in my presence I wouldn't like it."
Do you think it’s right or not?