Friday, January 27, 2012

Delegate: Strip 'Mental Retardation' From State Code

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - At the General Assembly one delegate is pushing for a change in quality of life, by trying to strike the words “mental retardation” from the state code. Republican Delegate T. Scott Garrett is looking to mirror a federal law to eliminate the term he considers insulting, with a less offensive term.
“Everywhere there is the word 'mental retardation,' it changes that to 'intellectual disability,'" said Garrett.
In 2010, President Barack Obama signed legislation requiring the government make the changes on the federal level. And here in Virginia, Garrett is sponsoring a bill to do the same here. Under the law, "mental retardation" would be stripped from the state codes.
The proposed bill comes on the heels of a recent rally, nearly two weeks ago when hundreds gathered at the Virginia Capitol in an effort to boost funding and improve mental health services for Virginians.

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