Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Missouri Strikes the 'R Word' From Statutes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the stroke of a pen, the term "mental retardation" has been struck from all Missouri state statutes and replaced with language deem less offensive by disability rights advocates.
Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon sign House Bills 555 and 648 which, among other things, replace the pejorative term "retardation" with the "intellectual disability." The new laws also promote awareness and increase public accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

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