why

@andralas (643)
United States
October 26, 2006 2:48pm CST
Why do we use the term "special" for people who are mentally defficient?
3 responses
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
17 Dec 06
We use the term "special" to describe people who are mentally deficient, because it is "politically correct" to do so. Other terms tend to be derogatory and hurtful stereotypes.
@indiandevil (2098)
• Rothesay, New Brunswick
26 Oct 06
It's a kind, non mean way to say things.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
26 Oct 06
Most likely it is used as an accepted way of describing a disability. The words are positive sounding, non-offensive - if you will. And the type of accomdations needed for this person are special in that they are often different than the norm. So special is a much better way of saying this person has needs and they are as follows. It's a way of communicating a certain message without using words with a negative image.