Sunday, 27 September 2020


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Please Use The Arc - What's in a Name?

Legal Name: Schuyler County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.

Local Preferences: The Arc of Schuyler or The Arc (pronounced "ark"). Glen CoPack and Seneca Shine are business divisions of The Arc. The Arc also operates Franklin Street Gallery and Schuyler County Transit.

Please do not use Schuyler ARC, ARC of Schuyler County, or Arc of Schuyler County. The organization now known as The Arc of Schuyler has been known by a few different names since 1978. The significance of change to the current name lies in the demands and wishes of the people served by Arc chapters all over the United States. We as an organization have been sensitive to the impact of terminology on our constituency and have adapted accordingly. As the words 'retardation' and 'retarded' become pejorative, derogatory, and demeaning in usage, the organization changed its name to 'The Arc.' Today the term 'mental retardation' remains the terminology used in the medical field and referenced in many state and federal laws. However, 'intellectual disability' and 'developmental disability' are making their presence known, and The Arc is doing everything in its power to make sure they're adopted more broadly. We strongly believe the only 'r-word' that should be used when referring to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is "Respect".

Please Use People First Language

People-First Language emphasizes the person, not the disability. By placing the person first, the disability is no longer the primary, defining characteristic of a person, but one of several aspects of the whole person. People-First Language is an objective way of acknowledging, communicating, and reporting on disabilities. It eliminates generalizations and stereotypes, by focusing on the person rather than the disability. 

Please see this resource: Communicating with and About People with Disabilities for examples of People-First Language.