Friday, December 10, 2010

Mental Retardation

Saying that someone is "mentally retarded" has many connotations to it, and is no longer simply a "medical diagnosis".  Instead, it is now encouraged to use the following words

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Developmental Disability

Also, please use the phrase by putting the person first.... so as to not label them by a diagnosis.  Example: "Instead of saying 'the autistic child' rather say, "the child who has autism".


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