Rosa’s Law Replaces The R Word


When we hear the word disabilities we usually think about physical disabilities. Rosa’s Law, named for an 8-year-old Maryland girl diagnosed with Down Syndrome, gives dignity to people with intellectual disabilities allowing them to be respected and appreciated.

Rosa’s Law takes the R word, better known as “mentally retarded”, and replaces it with “intellectually disabled”. Words like retard, retarded, and mentally retarded can no longer be used in federal documents when discussing a child. The bill, signed into law by President Obama, is simple in nature but profound in what it will do psychologically for those who suffer from disorders like Down Syndrome, and Autism. Illinois, as well as other states, currently have similarly legislation under consideration with regards to state documents.

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