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Florida Takes the Term “Mental Retardation” Out of Laws

August 13, 2013
Source: Orlando Sentinel

Gov. Rick Scott signed the Intellectual Disabilities Bill ceremonially on Thursday during an Agency for Persons with Disabilities town hall meeting in Orlando. “Mental retardation” was once considered a medical term, but it has fallen out of favor because it has developed into a slang term. Legislators feel it promotes negative stereotypes of people with intellectual disabilities.

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