Instead of asking whether the term 'mentally handicapped' is insulting, ask if it is appropriate. Is a 'handicap' the same as an 'impairment' or a 'disability'? No, it is not. Is it right to refer to disabled people as 'the disabled' or 'the handicapped', as if we were a separate species? No, again. If we object to the term 'handicapped', should you not drop it? You would not use racist or sexist language, so why insult or patronise disabled people?
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