Governor Jan Brewer held a ceremonial signing in her office on Thursday for anew law
that strikes the "R-word" from state statutes.
When it takes affect on September 30, the law will replace "mentally retarded," "retardation" and "crippled" in state code with gentler phrases like "children with intellectual disabilities," "physically disabled children," and so on.
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The word "retardation" pulls up 23 documents in a search of Arizona statutes, "retarded" appears in eight documents and "crippled" in six.
These days, of course, these words are tossed around casually as put-downs. Using them in official medical or legislative text would be -- idiotic.