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"Disability" vs "Special Needs"

"Words simultaneously reflect and reinforce our attitudes and perceptions; words shape our world."

-- Kathie Snow, "The Case Against 'Special Needs'"

As a person who has met life with a significant level of cerebral palsy, and as a lover of words and their nuances, I have, throughout my life, tracked the nomenclature that has been applied to those of us who don’t quite fit into established physical, intellectual, communication, sensory, psychological or social "norms."

Sharon Shapiro-Lacks
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