http://paloaltoonline.com/square/print/2008/03/05/car-name-change-aims-to-inspire-a-revolution


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C.A.R. name change aims to inspire a revolution

Original post made on Mar 5, 2008

After 45 years as C.A.R., the Community Association for Rehabilitation -- a Palo Alto nonprofit that serves developmentally disabled children and adults -- is changing its name to Abilities United.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 12:25 PM

Comments

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2008 at 9:28 pm

The first line of the article states "After 45 years as C.A.R., the Community Association for Rehabilitation...". I distinctly remember the name being C.A.R., the Community Association for the Retarded, when I volunteered there as a teen in the '80's. I can certainly understand the name change to "Rehabilitation" (in ~1994) as there is a negative (and often derogatory) connotation in the work "Retarded". It just seems like the writer is trying (too hard?) to make it sound like the old name has been around for such a long time. While there's no harm at all here, I can see how such reporting can, in cases of controversial or emotional subjects, serve to bias opinion. Just my two cents.


Posted by jan monasmith, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I volunteered at C.A.R. 1966-1969 while in high school and loved very minute!