Intellectual disability (ID) is the term for what used to be called "mental retardation" (MR). Self-advocates are people with ID who advocate for themselves and others when it comes to their rights and choices in life, and many self-advocates have communicated that the term "retard" is hurtful and unacceptable. Self-advocates have communicated that the "R" word is bigoted, cruel and insensitive and should be avoided in everyday conversations just like racial, gendered or sexual slurs are avoided by people wishing to show respect for others. The self-advocacy movement, also called "People First", is part of the larger Disability Rights Movement (DRM). For more information about self-advocacy, check out your local People First group, or the national People First organization Self-advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). The "Resources" section of this website also has more information about self-advocacy and self-determination.
I know plenty of people who quit college and don't want to get an education. They want to do it their own way. It might be hard. I was going to quit college myself last year but I didn't. I said to myself, "I know I can do it. The work might be hard but I can do it". And I did it. I do the best I can. I will not give up." -Stephan
In our current system of education, people with intellectual disabilities are expected to stop learning in any formal way at the ripe old age of 21. Imagine, if you will, if you had stopped learning after high school..." -Think College! the book