I am a 43 year old mother of 18 year old twin girls. When they were in the first grade, they were tested by the county school system and legally label "mentally retarded".View Story ▼I am a 43 year old mother of 18 year old twin girls. They are beautiful, smart, artistic and they have mild cerebral palsy, which has attributed to mental impairments. When they were in the first grade, they were tested by the county school system and legally label "mentally retarded". My immediate response was "Excuse me? Isn't 'mentally retarded' a bit antiquated and politically incorrect?" Their response was that at the time, that was the "legal" jargon used for description. Not only was this not the news I was hoping to hear but, the words "mentally retarded" used as a label for my precious daughters, cut through my heart like a knife. I have always had a heart for people with any variety of impairment and as a child, I would stand up for the children that other's laughed at calling "retard". Now, in my adult years, I'm not afraid to correct even friends when they say, for example "This is so retarded" or "He/she is such a retard". They know not to use THAT word again.
About Melissa Montgomery:I am a wife and mother of 3 wonderful teens (two of which have CP). My family is the greatest joy of my life with the added blessing of raising my girl's who have mental impairments from C.P.View less ▲