Some threads I read launched into a tirade about going overboard with being Politically correct, or rants about banning words. But if your loved one has a disability, it is personally offensive, and stereotyping.
One can have a multitude of disabilities, and still excel at number of things, one of those being compassion. The term retarded comes with a stigma of negative assumptions.
Because, like ripples in a pond, we can make the change happen.
" Every time Ellen Seidman hears the word "retarded," she worries for her 9-year-old son, Max, who has cerebral palsy. She wonders if people will ever respect him, or see him as an equal, if they associate that word with people like him, who have intellectual disabilities.
Here is the video she created:
What if you or a family member - like your own child, had such an impairment?
Any words chosen will be a label of sorts, but it is only to recognize a real medical condition, not a put down.
Now kids with various intellectual disabilities are often mainstreamed into regular classes. There are many people with intellectual disabilities who went on to do great things:
• Albert Einstein: Einstein was unable to talk until he was four years old and could not read until he was
nine. Teachers considered him to be mentally deficient, unsociable and a dreamer.
He failed the entrance examination for college. He would become arguably the
world’s most famous physicist after developing the theory of relativity.
• People diagnosed with learning disabilities:
President John F. Kennedy
Henry Ford (of the Ford motor company)
Army General George Patton
Charles Schwab (Brokerage)
Nobel Prize winner for Literature George Bernard Shaw
John Forbes Nash is an Noble laureate American mathematician (featured in the film A Beautiful Mind)
I think it's great that there is this concerted effort to "enlighten up" to raise our consciousness, and level of compassion.