Gary K. Probst wrote: > > A "good" term to call anyone enrolled in any educational program is > student. The following terms have negative connotations: > > tutee - silly sounding > LD - close to retarded > client - need of psychological or legal help > > We have called the people enrolled in our program "students" for 30 > years and have never had a complaint. > > Gary Reply: In whose eyes do these words have negative connotations? Are these your own personal views of these words? When you indicate "LD--close to retarded" is that your personal view or your own definition of what a learning disability is???? Do you really know what a learning disability is? If having a learning disability is a "negative" thing, are you implying that all students with disabilities are seen as negative? Now, I realize that in the past and through ignorance, people often associated someone with a learning disability as being a slow learner, but I hate the fact that your message is perpetuating the old stereotype of LD. The only reason I am replying to this message via the list and not to you personally is that there is a danger that someone with no background in learning disabilities might see this message and just assume that someone with a learning disability is mentally "retarded" (your word, not mine). The learning disabilities association (Canada) has worked long and hard to dispell this myth and I think it is important that we think about the impact of our words and the information we are disseminating before we push the "send" button. Gary, this message is not meant as a personal attack (although my tone may indicate otherwise), it is just that as an educator in the special needs field, my back was raised by your comments, knowing the damage that misinformation can do. Sincerely, Lisa L. Decosse, Learning Services Coordinator, Special Needs Regional Resource Centre, Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada [log in to unmask] The opinions expressed above are that of my own and in no way reflect the opinions of Cambrian College.