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New Jersey Updates Terms for Persons with a Disability

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-08-17 - New Jersey law removes offensive references to people with disabilities from state statutes and regulations. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Disabled World.
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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The new bill eliminates several outdated terms such as mentally retarded and feeble-minded.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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