Write a one-page response to answer the following questions.

Write a one-page response to answer the following questions.

Mental Retardation: What?s in a Name? In the past, individuals with IQ scores below 70 and significant adaptive and social functioning delays were diagnosed with mental retardation. When this diagnosis was first named, the title held no social stigma. In time, however, the degrading word ?retard? sprang from this diagnostic term. ?Retard? was frequently used as a taunt, especially among young people, until the words ?mentally retarded? and ?retard? became an insult. As such, the DSM-5 now labels this diagnosis as ?intellectual disability.? Many states once had a Department of Mental Retardation to serve those diagnosed with such cognitive delays, but most have changed their name to Department of Developmental Disabilities or something similar in language. The Social Security Administration still uses the term ?mental retardation? but is considering eliminating it from its programming (Goad, 2013). Write a one-page response to answer the following questions. How does language affect how we think? Do you think changing the title of this department has any impact on how people regard those with developmental disabilities? Does a different name give people more dignity, and if so, how? Does it change the expectations for those with developmental or cognitive disabilities? Why or why not? Reference Goad, B. (2013, January 25). SSA wants to stop calling people ‘mentally retarded.? Retrieved from https://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/pending-regs/279399-ssa-wants-to-stop-calling-peoplementally-retarded


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