WASHINGTON - The Special Olympics says it's a term that deserves
to be gone. So it's launched a campaign to banish the word
"retard," a casual insult that derives from an out-of-favor
medical term and has long been considered inappropriate.
The term is derived from the phrase "mental retardation," much
to the dismay of those trying to stamp out its use.
People signed pledges not to use the word and students gathered
to denounce its use at rallies from Florida to Alaska. Over the
long-term, organizers hope to change attitudes about people with
mental disabilities who number more than 190 million worldwide,
according to the World Health Organization.
On the Net:
Special Olympics: http://www.specialolympics.org/
Spread the Word to End the Word campaign: http://www.r-word.org
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