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Mentally Retarded

Belated But Essential Steps to Respect

Rachel Adams | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Rachel Adams

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.

Michael McLaughlin

Last Chance To Stop Mentally Disabled Man's Execution | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.11.2012 | Crime

Lawyers for a mentally disabled man on death row have one last-ditch appeal to avert his execution next week. The defense for convicted killer War...

The "R" Word

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 06.24.2012 | DC
Jamie Davis Smith

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.

Hospital Denies Girl With Disability A Kidney Transplant

Posted 01.17.2012 | Parents

Three-year-old Amelia Rivera suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, and she needs a kidney transplant to survive. B...

Texas Keeps Retarded Men on Death Row

Renee Feltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Renee Feltz

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.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Legacy

Michael R. Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael R. Gardner

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.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Human Style

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

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.