|The 28th Alaska State Legislature, 2013 - 2014|
House Passes Bill Adopting People First Language
|HB 88 Removes Terms "Mental Retardation" & "Mentally Retarded" from Policies|
Posted: February 8, 2013
(Juneau) - The House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation by Representative Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, that would update state health, education and labor policy by removing the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" and replacing them with "intellectual and developmental disabilities."
Yet even today, many do not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the word retard.
"Mental retardation has been transformed into a derogatory term that is sometimes used to degrade and insult people with intellectual disabilities," Millett said. "We have recognized the power of words to inflict pain with regard to race, and have taken great strides to foster an environment that rectifies the wrong. Yet even today, many do not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the word retard."
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