Since last year’s annual meeting with the Department of Human Services Case Management, the terminology has changed for one of the services my son gets.
In the past, he was on the “MR Waiver”. MR = Mental Retardation Waiver. In other words, it was medicaid eligibility based not on income, but on his diagnosis, and all the support services that comes with it. (They also have a Brain Injury Waiver, an Ill and Handicapped Child Waiver, and others.)
He now has the “ID Waiver” which stands for intellectual disability. This, to me, has less of a stigma. It also is more hopeful, I think. It also should open up services for those who have significant difficulties but score higher on IQ tests. Before, your child had to score low on standardized tests. This hopefully will open the door to more people who need services getting what they need.
So even the government understands the issues around using the word ‘retarded’. Now if only more people could be sensitive about it, too.