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Here and There...and Back Again
Brand Selvia

(Trying to) not talk just about the weather

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 10:51 AM
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  • Brand, I liked your reflection on "retarded" and handicapped. I learned from my time of employment in special education that we say that a person is not the label that is given them. A currently more acceptable term might be "a person with an intellectual disability". The only reason we might consider using a label is so that we know how to help them achieve the their maximum potential, not to limit their life options. I know from experience that many who are given a label have far more wisdom than many who have no label.

    -- Posted by lucy_bird on Thu, Jan 31, 2019, at 10:25 AM
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    There is nothing wrong with the term "mentally retarded" or even just "retarded" if it is used as a factual descriptor and not used with malice as a derogatory term.

    I have family that is mentally retarded. It's simply mental/emotional/intellectual under-development. And while they cannot function to the level that the average person does, they hold down a job and even run their own business. (Albeit both with a little extra outside "guidance".)

    Its ok to recognize that people are different. I will never have the ability to play professional football or the intellect to teach at university, but I could hold my own in simple conversation with those engaged in either profession. And if you weren't so worried about not offending the mentally retarded (and trying to escape your own awkwardness) - you might have had a pleasant exchange where both of you walked away a little happier.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Tue, Feb 5, 2019, at 4:17 PM
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