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Sep 23
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by Dennise Goldberg

The House of Representatives approved Rosa’s Law a couple of days ago.  This law, once signed by President Obama, will replace the term Mental Retardation in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with Intellectual Disability.  It will also remove the term from other Federal laws regarding health and labor.  Many White House officials say that President Obama plans to sign the measure as quickly as possible. 

The process of changing the term will be done gradually as each of the laws containing the term are being reauthorized or revised.  By making the changes gradually Rosa’s law is not expected to cost the taxpayer’s any money. 

This is a major victory for disability advocates since Mental Retardation is a disparaging term that hasn’t been used by the general public in many years.  Typically, you are considered to be an Individual with an Intellectual Disability if your IQ is less than 70.  An average IQ is considered anywhere from 85 to 115.

UPDATE: President Obama signed Rosa's Law on October 5, 2010.

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