Monday, August 20, 2012

Calif. bill would end use of 'mentally retarded' - Sacramento Bee

Lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would add California to the list of 42 states that have ended use of the term "mentally retarded."

The state Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill to drop the term from legal references and refer instead to "intellectual disability."

SB1381 by Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills seeks to end the use of what many consider an offensive and outdated term in education and social services.

The new policy is not expected to cost the state more money because the changes will be made during routine revisions to laws over the next several years.

The bill, approved previously in the Senate, is sponsored by The Arc of California, a group that advocates for disability rights.

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