My Journal - Week 41 (28May10)
I know I talk a lot about the use of the word "retardation". Well, finally there has been some progress made in permanently changing and removing this word for good.
A U.S. Senate committee has approved removing the words "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from federal laws, text, medical journals and literature. This is exciting news especially for parents and families of children who have intellectual delays.
I am so very pleased about this, as are many other families. People with Down syndrome have been struggling with this word for so very long, and knowing that each person with any disability has unique skills and advantages, makes this all the more worth while. I hope that text will reflect this new law, and that medical literature will now be changed to reflect this amendment. Unfortunately if the change only affects articles or text going forward then we will have another battle on our hands.