MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- "Idiot, moron, retard, deaf and dumb, piece of work, imbecile, mongo" are just some of the hurtful words some people use to describe individuals with challenges, says Cecelia Davidson of the Mount Vernon City School District's Speech, Language, Hearing Department.
"Sadly these are just a few of the derogatory words some people use in their everyday language" she says in her monthly blog called "Speaking Out."
"Hopefully, when we hear these words, even if spoken by friends and family members, we have the courage to express our objections," she continues.
Adults should encourage young people to communicate in a way that is not offensive. And although there are influences through TV and social media beyond the family boundaries once kids reach school age, their exposure to the objectionable language through personal communication and observation among family members may even have a more powerful impact, Davidson says.
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