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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Politically Correct or Not
When I was young people used terms like "Moron," "Crazy" or "Deaf and Dumb" to describe people, but as a result of the Civil Rights Movement derogatory terms like that became no longer acceptable. Among other changes, "Deaf" became "Hearing Impaired," "Handicapped" became "Disabled," and "Disabilities" became "Special Needs." However, people still can't seem to agree on what is acceptable and terms keep getting switched around. Perhaps that is because some folks think the conditions themselves are something to be ashamed of.
Well, they're not.
No two humans are alike and, no matter if people have or don't have physical or mental limitations, they're people first and deserve to be treated as such. So let's quit worrying about the terminology and be friends.
Author Janet Ann Collins has been a columnist for the Antique Explorer, a freelance feature writer for a newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area and her work has appeared in many other publications and she is the author of books for kids. As a teacher, she enjoys public speaking. Collins and her husband raised three foster sons with special needs in addition to their birth daughter and are now grandparents.