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Authored by: tedw on Aug 25, '09 04:12:47PM
People who have intellectual impairments/mental retardation and their families and friends would appreciate it if you didn't use the term "retarded" in that way. It demeans those who, through no fault of their own, do experience that challenge.
If you are talking about people with cognitive/affective disorders or impairments, I would never call those people retarded, because they are not. The word 'retarded' implies someone who is operating well below the level they can (or ought) to be operating at. Those people I have met who have actual impairments (as a rule) do more within their limits than the rest of us do within ours, and ought to be commended for it. Don't legitimize 'retarded' as an insult to the impaired by complaining about it (because, frankly, using the word as an insult to the impaired is something only a *truly* retarded person would do).

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