Saturday, April 14, 2012

California Senate bill seeks to erase 'R word'

By Torey Van Oot, Bee Capitol Bureau - The Sacramento Bee

The use of the "R word" could soon be expelled from California laws.

The California Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would strip the phrase "mentally retarded" from existing statutes, replacing that and related terms with "intellectual disability."

"Words do matter and the 'R word' is outdated and offensive to people with intellectual disabilities and their families," said the bill author, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills.

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