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President signs ‘Rosa’s law’

October 7th, 2010

Strikes term ‘mentally retarded’ from federal statutes

Chicago Sun-Times, Southern Maryland Online

The measure will eliminate the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from federal education, health and labor laws.

“This law takes ‘mentally retarded’ out of the federal law books and replaces it with ‘intellectual disability,’ a change that will have a positive effect on more than 6 million Americans,”  said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), one of the measure’s sponsors.

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2 Responses to “President signs ‘Rosa’s law’”

  1. Heather Says:

    Al, it’s a rude word and it’s derogatory just like the F word for gays, the G word for Asians or the N word for African Americans. If you had a child with a mental disability, you would understand. But you clearly don’t which explains your ignorance. I love the idea of Rosa’s law and hope it gets passed EVERYWHERE.

  2. Al Says:

    It’s a word, get over it. Now when I hear “whatever the politically correct term of the moment is” the first thing I’ll think is “oh retarded.”

    How much money is it going to cost and keep costing because people can’t deal with words said to them.

    I’m sure the homosexuals, gay, lesbian or whatever they are called this week are taking notes.

    I’m sure in the not too distant future I’ll be getting fined or going to jail because our politicians bend over to accomplish junk that puts their name on the front page.

    I have a bad back, should I be called an orthopedic challenged person?

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