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Old 22 January 2019, 05:22 PM
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I haven't either. I also don't think that was the original claim.

I think the complaint was that autistic is now being used the way the r-word used to be used. As in, something like, "What are you, autistic, or something?" Perhaps especially where the questioner does not actually think the person being asked is autistic.

I can't say that I've heard that either, but I don't really doubt it. I think the r-word has become solidly out of bounds for most people, and of course something else is moving into that space. Ugh.
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Old 22 January 2019, 06:02 PM
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I have, unfortunately, heard people using the word autistic that way. It's depressingly common on reddit.

It's not used in entirely the same way the word 'retard' is used, but the result is the same.

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It used to mean the same thing as "delayed" in the phrase developmentally delayed. There's nothing inherently offensive about the word.
Another reason it might have fallen out of favour in the medical community is that it paints an inaccurate picture. It implies that somebody with learning disabilities is just mentally aged-down rather than having disorder-specific differences in some areas and typical development in others.

I could see it being offensive in that sense even without the contribution from terrible people.
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Old 24 January 2019, 12:05 AM
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It's also inaccurate in that it implies that the person might eventually "catch up", which of course in most cases they won't.
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This was actually a bumper sticker, but bumper stickers are kind of like memes so I will post it here. Yesterday morning I saw an older Acura modified in the typical "tuner" fashion, with a sticker that read "Panty dropper". The concept was helpfully illustrated by a pair of legs and lowered women's undergarment. I guess the implication is that the owner thinks his car is just so impressive that women will immediately remove their underwear and have sex with him at the mere sight of it. Classy.
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Old 06 February 2019, 12:55 AM
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It's also inaccurate in that it implies that the person might eventually "catch up", which of course in most cases they won't.
Doesn't "delayed" carry the same implication, though? I'm not sure we've gotten around that.
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Old 06 February 2019, 05:50 AM
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Do people use "delayed" as a substitute? I've not heard that. Here people mostly talk about "learning difficulties" of one sort or another, which (while it covers quite a wide range of things) is at least mostly accurate. The objections I've heard for "learning difficulties" are basically from people with dyslexia or similar things that used to be mostly what was meant by learning difficulties, who don't want to be lumped in with people who have more severe problems.

It's still not a great term, but it seems better than any other I can think of, unless talking about an actual specific diagnosable problem. But some people (like one guy I know) have nothing specific wrong - at least, nothing with a common name - but are still "mentally handicapped" to the extent that they need extra help in life. ("Mentally handicapped" seems to have gone right out as a descriptor too). Short of calling him "really dim" or something like that, I don't know of a better term. "Learning difficulties" is the term people use in relation to him.
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Old 06 February 2019, 05:51 PM
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After posting in this thread earlier, I did a little research on what the people in question tend to prefer. IIRC, the preferred terms were, in no particular order, person with (specific name of condition), person with a developmental disability, or person with an intellectual disability. There is a preference for "person first" phrasing.

I heard the term "delayed" for a while from people working in social services fields, which makes me think it was a preferred term for a time. (They were people who tended to be pretty careful about that sort of thing).
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Old 06 February 2019, 05:59 PM
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Variations on the word "delay" are what I hear social workers around here using most often. It's not incompatible with person-first language; you could say "a person with developmental delays" instead of "a developmentally-delayed person." I was more commenting on the implications of the term, as it seems to suggest the person might catch up. If my flight is delayed, I still expect to arrive at my intended destination; if my child is delayed, I might have to recalibrate my hopes and expectations for her future.
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Old 06 February 2019, 06:16 PM
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It may be viewed as more that the person is behind in development, but is still developing (as are we all). So at any given point, they may be "behind" the typical development, but they may still catch up to *that* point. So a person who is delayed may not learn to speak, read, or count money, at the same time as their peers, but they might still learn it a while later. That is a delay.
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Old 06 February 2019, 08:35 PM
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Yeah, as far as I know terms like "delayed speech" and "delayed motor skills" are still used for people who are expected to eventually reach average capacity for those abilities, just a little later than a neurotypical individual would be expected to.
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Old 06 February 2019, 09:26 PM
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Is there a separate term for someone who is not expected to be able to further develop in a particular area, though? Or is "delay" just a descriptor for the fact that the person is behind typical peers in certain areas, without necessarily attaching a prediction either way?

I'm saying delay doesn't necessarily imply that the person will ever "catch up" to peers. I suppose "deficit" is used sometimes to mean a more permanent state.
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Old 06 February 2019, 09:46 PM
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I've seen it used to refer to adults who are not expected to "catch up." Perhaps that's not proper, but it's common.
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Old 07 February 2019, 12:33 AM
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I have too, and I'm questioning whether it has anything to do with whether there is an expectation of "catching up." (And I'm asking what is meant by "catching up.")

In the kind of use I've seen, anyway, I might be a bit surprised if people were supposed to be making a distinction about whether they thought the person could ever progress, or reach milestones.
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