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Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc.

February 4, 2010

Statement about intellectual disabilities:

 

We believe that people with disabilities should not be labeled.  People should be called by their names as individuals.  However, for legal, clinical and funding, purposes we support the use of intellectual disabilities as a replacement for the r-word.  But we believe that the term should not be used in the names of organizations or community groups. For instance, we never want to see the Association for Intellectual Disabilities on the letterhead of organizations or the side of their buildings. We oppose the use of the term for these purposes.

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