Senate Moves To Erase “R” Word From State Law

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A word deemed offensive by advocates for people with developmental disabilities could soon be struck from Florida’s statutes.

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously approved a bill which would eliminate the term “mental retardation” from state law.

“Mental retardation” and other forms of the word “retardation” show up in various parts of state law and, under the bill, would be replaced by the widely accepted term “intellectual disability.”

The House version of the bill has also passed easily through committees.

 

 

 

 

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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