Why do you say ‘person with an intellectual disability’ instead of ‘intellectually disabled person,’ or ‘special needs?’

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The term ‘person with an intellectual disability’ comes from people with an intellectual disability themselves who believe that, “labels are for jars, not people.” People with an intellectual disability do not want to be defined by their disability. We all have gifts, talents and abilities and we do not want to be limited from expressing these gifts because of a label.

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