Since having DS, I have developed a real sensitivity to inappropriate language for special needs. Today another teacher shared a document to be posted in all classrooms, and it used the words "crippled" and "mentally retarded". (I should note that these were examples from student essays, and the essays were about having meaningful relationships with people of differing abilities.) I sent the teacher a friendly email suggesting using words that could not be used pejoratively.
I don't want to be a PITA, but I do feel this is one way I can make a difference for people with disabilities. I like to use appropriate words without a negative connotation.
I would hate for one of my students who is disabled to read that page and be hurt. I realize they will experience it in the "real world", but I think in this way school should be safer.
The teacher was very receptive and apologized for offending me. I told him I was not offended, but it is my own little crusade for kinder language.
Am I the only SN mom who feels this way? I need some feedback! Thanks!