Published 7:01 am Saturday, February 29, 2020

The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed);’ Why does it hurt?

Spread the Word to End the Word is a campaign this Wednesday  to raise awareness of “retard(ed).”

The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. This campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language at

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What can advocacy do for you and your family?

For 68 years, LIFE Mower County has been helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families overcome challenges and thrive in community life. LIFE Mower County is there for you and your loved ones no matter what your age or stage of life – from birth through your senior years.

LIFE Mower County brings families and individuals together to share information, experiences and support. We also connect people with organizations, offering resources and assistance, and we build partnerships among organizations seeking to improve the lives of people with disabilities. With each connection we make, we strengthen our power to change lives and make the community a better place.

Most important, LIFE Mower County is people. We are members, volunteers, donors and friends who share one goal: ensuring that people with disabilities and their families have opportunities to choose where and how they live, learn, work, play and worship.  When you or a family member has an intellectual/developmental disability, finding the right support and navigating the various service systems can be overwhelming! From early childhood to school age, during the transition to adulthood and ensuring a safe and secure senior life, LIFE Mower County is there to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families across the life span.

LIFE Mower County provides information and one-to one assistance, connecting people with community resources and helps them navigate services such as early intervention, education, housing, employment, health care and community recreation. When you contact our office, our first priority will be learning more about your needs.  Then, we can discuss what services/supports might be the best options for you and your family. If for any reasonLIFE Mower County cannot meet your needs, we will point you in the right direction and refer you to another agency that can.

Upcoming Events

•Tuesday: Birthday Bash/Open Center

•Wednesday: Special Olympics Bowling

•Thursday: Kitchen Creations

•Friday: 4-H Adventure Club

•Saturday: Diamond Jo Casino

•March 10: Shamrock Shuffle Dance

•March 11: Special Olympics Bowling

•March 12: Self-Advocates Minnesota Meeting

•March 13: Java Café/Karaoke