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AADMD Statement on “R-word” Usage for Health Professionals

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Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) deserve respect and should be considered valued members of our society. The term “mental retardation” has evolved to be degrading and hurtful and is now associated by the public with intentional insulting stereotypes. Special Olympics International began the” Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign in 2008 as an effort to create awareness that the usage of the “R-word” must be eliminated.

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