Language Speaks Loudly!
Every person is a combination
of many characteristics and would identify some of those characteristics as
"strengths" and others as "weaknesses."
Most people do not describe themselves in terms of a specific
characteristic because no single characteristic could completely describe an
For example, we do not go
around introducing ourselves by saying "I am Mary White, an average
intelligence person." And,
even if Mary White was introduced to us in that way, what would we really know
about Mary White? Would we know
what she liked to do, what she was "good" at, what made her happy or
sad, where she worked or how she got along with others?
The same courtesy and respect
have not been extended to people with developmental disabilities or other
handicapping conditions. They have
been introduced and described as a "developmentally delayed girl" or a
"handicapped boy." Listeners
have made great assumptions based on this description and somehow the
individuality of people with special needs has been diminished.
example . . .
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