Legislature Passes "R Word" Bills

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The bipartisan legislation strikes references to language such as "retarded" from various statutes and replaces them with terms such as "developmentally disabled" or "intellectually disabled."

The terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" will be removed from state laws under legislation that has unanimously passed the state Senate and House.
The bills passed Wednesday incorporate a recent recommendation from a mental health commission appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The bipartisan legislation strikes references to language such as "retarded" from various statutes and replaces them with terms such as "developmentally disabled" or "intellectually disabled."
The legislation's expected on Snyder's desk shortly.
Special Olympics Michigan says Michigan is among just a handful of states not to have already passed such legislation. President Barack Obama signed a law in 2010 requiring similar changes in federal law.
Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor is a sponsor of the legislation and says it's "a fundamental first step" toward dignity.


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