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June 4, 2012

More R-Word Controversy

People associated with the field of psychology always have used the term "mental retardation" to describe those with a mental challenge.  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is negotiating a plan to change the term "disorder of intellectual development". APA representatives also state there will be less focus on IQ functioning.

 "I think that there is great concern shared on this disorder and is best conceptualized in DSM-5," said Margaret Nygren, executive director of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

These proposed changes are sponsored by two of the best-known groups of activists in the country.  These groups are: the American Association of Intellectual Disabilities of Development and the Arch.  These proposed changes have also brought discussion also caused debate as to change the criteria for other mental conditions.   

 These organizations state that the terminology should stay the same to coincide with the federal government.     They also state adapt this terminology would be confusing.  These organizations would this be true especially in type of Office configuration.
Sparks Fly: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/05/29/dsm-mental-retardation-update/15718/

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