US House of Representatives passes “Remove the “R” word legislation

Great news! The House of Representatives unanimously passedna bill removing the word “retarded” from most legislation. Instead of the word “retarded”, legislation will feature the prhrase “intellectual disabilities” or some variation of those words.  Now the bill will go to the President of the United States for his signature which will make the bill into law.  This is a monumental achievement for advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities. Advocacy for this effort has been spearheaded by individuals with intellectual disabilities. They have started a movement…teeshirts were made, bumper stickers and pamphlets were printed, petitions were passed around and signed and this bill will make it into legislation.  President Obama promises to sign the bill as soon as it appears on his desk.  Congratualations to all who made this effort possible.

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