October 26, 2006 2:48pm CST
Why do we use the term "special" for people who are mentally defficient?
• 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.