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New Jersey Updates Terms for Persons with a Disability

  • Published: 2010-08-17 : Disabled World.
  • Synopsis: New Jersey law removes offensive references to people with disabilities from state statutes and regulations

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New Jersey Governor Christie has signed a new law removing offensive references to people with disabilities from state statutes and regulations.

The new bill eliminates several outdated terms such as mentally retarded and feeble-minded. Preferred terms are intellectual disability and developmental disability.

The new law also promotes so-called "person-first" language. For example, it's preferred to say a person with a disability rather than a disabled person.

Existing laws and regulations will be edited to reflect the change.

The Senate sponsor, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, says the legislation is important "because words matter."

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