This is from the blog of an Orlando Sentinel reporter.
Special Olympians: What to call them?
Posted on Oct 29, 2006 2:12:00 AM
So, on Friday I had a story the paper about how Special Olympics Florida needs more medically trained volunteers for things like health screenings and basic physicals for their athletes. The group's State Fall Classic is Friday and Saturday at Disney's Wide World of Sports and more than 1,200 athletes will play stuff like softball and bowling. They are woefully lacking in volunteers. (You can still do that if you want to. See Special Olympics Florida for details.
So, I noticed that the copy editors had changed my reference to the athletes as "intellectually disabled," or "people with intellectual disabilities," which was the preferred reference of the Special Olympics to "mentally retarded," in the copy that ran in the newspaper. I was surprised and let the copy editing desk know. How antiquated!
Apparently the " AP stylebook" -- the bible that the newspaper goes by -- still uses this as the reference to people who have disabilities that limit their intellectual abilities.
What do the experts--the doctors, therapists, etc., use?