courtesy of my friend Dina Colosimo: "He has his own special learning curve" (of course, with the proper emphasis on "special").
It's special, like the special olympics.
And come to think of it, "dumb" was probably also a euphemism (they just cannot talk, rather than being idiots).
I meant "cannot hear" of course.
You were right the first time. "deaf and dumb" meant can't hear or speak.
Dignity is not a moral imperative. Especially when it is based on falsehoods. (Like the schools that now have 75 valedictorians so no one has hurt feelings.) Honesty and accepting reality are moral imperatives. Not Orwell's newspeak.
If you think that the problem of protecting the dignity of people with developmental disabilities is somehow in the same league as "having 75 valedictorians," I invite you to have a kid on an IEP.