Congress considers removal of offensive language from federal laws

05/23/2010 | Hill, The

Lawmakers on a U.S. Senate committee are set to review changes that would remove language from federal law that is considered derogatory to people with disabilities. The proposed Rosa's Law has bipartisan support for replacing the offensive language with such terms as "intellectual disability" and "individual with an intellectual disability" and would be named after Maryland resident Rosa Marcellino, who has an intellectual disability and whose family helped pass a similar state law. If approved by the committee, the proposal would head to the full Senate.

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