When the people we entrust with our health and wellbeing use the term "retarded," they grant legitimacy to a word that has been deemed offensive by the culture at large. They cause harm to the very people they have pledged to heal.
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Lawyers for a mentally disabled man on death row have one last-ditch appeal to avert his execution next week.
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Until we change this thinking, and our parlance, too many will continue to think of individuals with disabilities not as people who are valuable members of society, but as something less.
Three-year-old Amelia Rivera suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, and she needs a kidney transplant to survive.
In Texas, prosecutors have fought to hold off evidence of mental retardation to the penalty phase of a trial, meaning that jurors consider it only after they have convicted a defendant of murder.
In those days, mentally challenged children were largely out-of-sight, hidden away. The prospect of these youngsters succeeding at anything -- especially sports -- was viewed as preposterous.
Part of Mrs. Shriver's public appeal was her personal authenticity. I often thought of another humanitarian in a hurry -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- whenever I ran into Mrs. Shriver.
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