Friday, July 8, 2011

Arizona Removing 'R' Word from Statutes

Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his family were among the roughly two dozen individuals who attended a ceremonial bill signing in Gov. Jan Brewer's office Thursday, celebrating passage of legislation that removes the words "mental retardation" and "crippled" from state statutes.
Special Olympics Arizona brought the issue to the attention of lawmakers. It is part of a larger nationwide effort called "Spread the Word to End the Word." According to the Special Olympics website, the campaign aims to eliminate the use of the word "retarded" from the everyday vernacular, calling it both demeaning and offensive.

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