Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lawmakers want to drop term 'mental retardation'

This was in the news and Mommy is very excited!

Lawmakers want to drop the term 'mental retardation'

By Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The term "mental retardation" would no longer be used in new state laws, under a bill that has passed the state House.

The bill sailed through the Legislature's lower chamber by a unanimous vote on Friday. It now goes to the Senate.

Under the measure, the phrase "intellectual disability" will be used in place of "mental retardation" in all future state laws.

Officials will also have to scrub "mental retardation" from old laws, when those statutes are revised.

Supporters say the term "mental retardation" is an outdated and insulting way of referring to people with intellectual disabilities.


The bill is House Bill 1835.

Source: Komo News. Click here to see the article.


Anonymous said...

YAHOOOO...Thank you Kristy for this news..

Meril said...

Hey - I heard that on NPR yesterday and wished I had your number on me at the time.

Carolyn said...

Amen, I'm with your Kristy.
Carolyn in WV

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