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My take on issues like this: Calling it retard or as MRamos suggest "intellectual functional diversity" doesn't matter. What matters is the intent behind the words which is not easy to judge and is often judged different based on one's belief system. If you just start calling it something else it will only be a matter of time before the new word is deemed offensive. Going back to the intent point, if someone says something with the intent to offend you then you have a few choices (attack back, defend yourself, ignore them completely or tell them your feelings and choose one of the other options). In other words if I want to be offended by something I can be. The ole saying "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me (unless I let them)" is something this country need to get back to. Everyone seems to be offended by everything and we have become too sensitive.Because of this, the atrociously offensive things are getting wrapped up with all the others which minimizes them.
Hi,I am the proud mother of a beautiful and intelligent 8 years old girl with Down syndrome named Adriana Sofia del Carmen. I totally agree that the word "retarded" should be eliminated. I can tell you that, right now, my daughter is in second grade in an inclusive environment and she is learning as well as the other kids of her classroom. I will like to take this opportunity and propose you to change the word "retarded" to "intellectual functional diversity" (DIVERSIDAD FUNCIONAL INTELECTUAL). Try to take a look at this term; you will love it. It is a term that will help to erradicate social discrimination in our society. Remember, that every human being has the capacity to learn. People with Ds has the capacity to learn but in a different way. I invite you to love and respect the DIVERSITY. WE ALL ARE DIFFERENT BUT WE ALL LIKE TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY...Sincerely,Martha RamosPuerto Rico [smile][thumbup]
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