Thursday, September 23, 2010

House Eliminates Phrase "Mentally Retarded" From Laws, Changes to "an Individual With an Intellectual Disability"

Is this really more pressing than letting the market have some certainty regarding the looming tax increases instead of 'punting' the issue?

"Disabilities advocates are applauding Congress for passing legislation that eliminates the term "mental retardation" from federal laws.

The measure, passed by the House by voice vote Wednesday night, changes the phrase "mentally retarded" to "an individual with an intellectual disability" in existing health, education and labor law.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, sponsor of the bill with Republican Sen Mike Enzi, of Wyoming, said it would make language in federal law consistent with that used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health arm of the United Nations and the White House.

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