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Should You Say 'Special Needs' or 'Disability?'

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When I was a student in school, students with disabilities were placed in a separate class, they traveled together around the school building, and everyone knew who “they” were.

Terms such as “retarded,” “stupid,” or “handicapped” were used so often. As I type these highly derogatory terms, my skin crawls.

Over the years, our terminology has changed and become more respectful and mindful of the connotations of the terms we use. We want to make sure that how we refer to our children and other people’s children in a way that is loving, respectful and demonstrates the awareness of our child’s strengths without being offensive or avoidant altogether.

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