I cringe every time I hear someone throw the “r” word (retard (ed)) into their sentence and day to say conversation. ￼Someone isn’t *retarted* but rather differently abled, and it is important that as a society we accept this and realize the power of our words.
Those that are differently abled are not defined by their ability or inability. Just because one processes information differently than you, or uses wheels as their legs, an implant as their ears, an iPad or their hands as their voice does not make them retarted. Rather it makes them abled in a different way.
They’re just as abled as you are to do math, read and write in their own way. They may process a question or a sentence differently or take longer to respond, but they aren’t retarted.