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Sen. Schumer criticized for using outdated term to describe people with disabilities during podcast

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has come under fire for using an inappropriate term to describe children with mental disabilities.

He apparently used the ‘r-word’ to describe his own experiences with community pushback to housing initiatives meant to serve vulnerable populations.


Schumer’s office released the following statement to News10NBC after requesting a comment on the matter:

“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He used an inappropriate and outdated word in his description of an effort he supported that was led by the AHRC to build a group home in his Brooklyn district decades ago to provide housing and services to children with developmental disabilities. He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”



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