Branstad Signs Bill to Eliminate “R” Word

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Thursday that changes the term “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability”. There has been a national effort to eliminate the “R” word (various forms of the word retardation) from our vocabulary.

The bill, Senate File 2247, can be read by clicking here.

The new law defines “intellectual disability” as a disability of children and adults who as a result of inadequately developed intelligence have a significant impairment in ability to learn or to adapt to the demands of society, and, if a diagnosis is required, “intellectual disability” means a diagnosis of mental retardation as defined in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition, text revised, published by the American psychiatric association.


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