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Mental Retardation

The Supreme Court Takes a Stand on the Term 'Mental Retardation'

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Using more neutral terminology to describe a person with intellectual disability, when they need to be described at all, is just one more way to respect them. Not the only way, of course; just one. An easy one.

Stopping The R-word Is Not Enough: Culture -- Not Just Language -- Must Change

Meghan Morris | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Meghan Morris

Censorship has no place in democracy, but self-examination does. The larger goal behind "Spread the word to end the word" is not to replace the r-word with another equally stigmatizing phrase, but to increase inclusion for those who may speak, act or move differently.

Undue Burden

Andrea Lyon | Posted 09.17.2012 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

Warren Hill is scheduled to be executed in Georgia. This is despite the fact that Warren Hill is mentally retarded.

None of the Poor Children Matter

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.06.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Joan's mom died about a year before Joan's troubles began. Her pregnancy, jail time and homelessness began after her once life-long guardian was no longer there to protect her.

California Lawmaker Wants The R-Word Out Of State Laws

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.08.2012 | Los Angeles

A state legislator introduced a bill to remove the word "retarded" from California's law books on Wednesday, calling the word outdated and demeaning. ...

Why A Hospital Should Deny A Transplant To A 'Mentally Retarded' Child

Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.17.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Amelia Rivera is 3 years old. Born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, doctors have told her parents that she will die in 6 months to a year without a kidney transplant. They also said that they would not perform that transplant.

Jon Ward

Bachmann's Ex-Campaign Manager Calls 'Retardation' Comment A Mistake

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ed Rollins, the former campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), strongly criticized the presidential candidate's comments e...

John Rudolf

Milton Mathis, Convicted Killer, Executed In Texas Despite Evidence Of Retardation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 12.01.2011 | Crime

A man convicted of slaying two people and critically injuring a third in a drug house shooting was executed on Tuesday evening by Texas officials, des...

Jane Lynch In Striking Hit Out Against The R Word

Posted 07.25.2011 | Entertainment

Her "Glee" character Sue Sylvester may be caustic and a bit foul mouthed, but off the screen, Jane Lynch is working to stamp out hateful, discriminato...

When a Kid Needs a Home, Not Just Any Home Will Do

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Paige was given away at five. A story was written about her in the newspaper and interested parties were invited to take her home and see if they wanted to keep her.

How Iodine May Help Protect You From Radiation Damage

Anne Dunev | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anne Dunev

How much radiation a person can handle without developing cancer is very individual. Having sufficient iodine can help protect your body against many types of radiation.

American Imbeciles: Henry Herbert Goddard, Psychologist

Dan Agin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Agin

In 1912 a book published in New York provided the American public with a diverting detailed account of a family with a strange name and an unsavory pa...

Fighting to erase the "R" Word

The Towerlight | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Rianna Stokes, a Towson junior, is doing her part to promote the pledge, "Spread the Word to End the Word" sponsored by Special Olympics and Best Budd...

Limbaugh's Barbs Test Palin's Honest Outrage

Margaret Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margaret Carlson

I never thought it would come to this. Sarah Palin is going to have to unheart Rush Limbaugh. Otherwise the only conclusion is that she fakes her emotions, even those that seem most genuine.

Handicapped Man Faces Homelessness After Financial Crisis Demolishes Trust Fund

Huffington Post | Zach Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As part of the Huffington Post's efforts to bear witness to the effects of the current economic environment on ordinary Americans, we're rounding up s...

J. Langdon Down: A Man, a Time, and a Syndrome

Dan Agin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Agin

In England in 1866, an obscure medical superintendent of an asylum for idiots in Surrey, England, published a short paper in a London hospital journal. The author of the paper was J. Langdon Down.

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.

The Stimulus Package and SAT Scores

Anita Weinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anita Weinberg

Aside from the obvious health benefits, lead removal from homes would accomplish the what the stimulus seeks -- creating jobs and reversing the economic impacts for low-income families.

Why is Ohio Retarded but Connecticut Isn't?

Kim Stagliano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kim Stagliano

As a writer, and the mother of three girls with autism, I choose my words carefully when writing about people with disabilities.