Efforts Underway To Remove "Mental Retardation" From Documents

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

A group of young adults are preparing to rally on Nebraska's capitol. They want people to stop using the word, retarded.

Justin Valentine and Christina Stolp are part of a group trying to get the phrase "mental retardation" removed from government documents. The phrase would be replaced with "person with intellectual disability." Their proposal was proposed as LB 343.

They say their efforts aren't just about the bill, but about spreading awareness, to inspire others to change their behavior.

The group has the support of Nebraska Senator Colby Coash. He introduced the bill. At this point, the bill is being debated in the Health and Human Services Committee.

The group, Nebraska Youth Leadership Council, will be at the capitol on Wednesday from 11 AM to 1 PM, trying to get people to pledge to not use the word, retarded.

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