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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

Parents’ Message To The Man Who Called A ‘Retard’ Halloween Costume ‘Hilarious’

Nava Silton

During Halloween it is not uncommon to see costumes that are offensive. However that does not mean that on Halloween people have a pass, parents Shannon and Dustin Daughtry agree. Dustin overheard a co-worker say that a “retard” costume was hilarious and instead of just ignoring it went on to educate his co-worker to why exactly the costume was not hilarious at all, but actually offensive. Dustin showed his co-workers a picture of his 2 year old daughter Raegan, who has Down Syndrome. After his co-workers said how cute and adorable she was, including the one who made the comment about the costume, Dustin explained how costumes like those are extremely offensive. According to the post about the situation on Shannon’s Facebook, the man then tried to explain himself and Dustin made it clear that his daughter should never be used as a costume or a joke. This is not the first time a situation like this has happened for the Daughtry family. In fact, it is such a common occurrence that Shannon co-founded a non-profit called “Nothing Down” dedicated to Down Syndrome awareness and educating people on why they should remove that hateful word from their vocabulary. Check out the full article here.

The adorable little girl who inspired her parents to speak out.

The adorable little girl who inspired her parents to speak out.