Hello, I am a student from Oakland University, Michigan. I’m currently taking a class that introduces Special Education for children with mental and physical disabilities. While reading your article “What is the Meaning of an IQ Test Score?” (source: verywell.com). I came across the term ‘moderately retarded’ several times. According to the Office of the Federal Register, in 2013 there was a change in terminology from ‘mental retardation’ to ‘intellectual disability’. Several reasons were listed as to why it was changed: 1) negative connotation to the word. 2) Became offensive to those who HAVE I.D. 3) Results in misunderstandings about ID symptoms, the people, and the nature of ID and how it works in their lives. (Source: federalregister.gov “Change in Terminology: ‘Mental Retardation’ to ‘Intellectual Disability’ “). As it stands, some states are ignoring the law, some are trying (still) to change the wording of the disability, and some (a very small amount) have gotten rid of it all together.
so to the point:
For the love that you bear children (all children ma’am), for first-time parents learning about their child, for parents who are beginning to understand that their child has ID, for college students (like me) who are learning how to be great special education teachers, could you please change your terminology.
Thank you for reading,
That article was written years ago, at which time, the offending term was frequently used in research on IQ. I understand the concern you and others have about it. Unfortunately, as I no longer work for About.com (now Verywell.com), I have no access to that article. My bio on Verywell notes this fact and explains that anyone who finds problems in any of my articles (many of which were changed without my knowledge, input, or permission) needed to contact About (or Verywell) in order to get any changes made.