Association changes name, drops the word 'retarded'

April 02, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Members of the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens voted Tuesday to remove the word "retarded" from the group's name, Executive Director Timothy J. Atkinson said yesterday.

"We're now the Arc of Carroll County," he said.

Mr. Atkinson said the Arc of Carroll County provides services to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The vote, with about 20 of the group's 150 members participating, was unanimous, he said.

Several of the organization's consumers were at the meeting Tuesday and were delighted with the outcome, Mr. Atkinson said.

One of those clients, C.R. Staub of Westminster, said yesterday it "really doesn't help the situation" to label people retarded. "I didn't like that word," he said, adding that he thinks the new name sounds better.

The Arc of Carroll County is the local chapter of the Arc, a national group that until 1991 was known as the Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States.

Some people defended the old name, Mr. Atkinson said, because they felt it showed pride in the organization's work, and helped the public know that people with mental retardation have a condition that should be accepted.

The name change will cost the Carroll group several thousand dollars, Mr. Atkinson said. It will have to print new stationery and repaint the logo on more than 20 vehicles, he said.

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