Governor Jan Brewer Holds Ceremonial Signing for Law Striking "Retarded" and "Crippled" From Statutes

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Governor Jan Brewer held a ceremonial signing in her office on Thursday for a new 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.

The Arizona Republic's Ginger Rough writes that the newspaper learned of the small event from a tweet in the screenshot at left by former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

Brewer signed the bill back in April, as noted then by the public affairs company Highground, run by the governor's political consultant, Chuck Coughlin.

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.



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4 comments
LeonardH
LeonardH

Oh, if only it was so easy to remove retarded from the arizona revised statutes

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

The official translation is now---Retarded=  Voted for BrewerCrippled=  Would do it again

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

At least this will give Mrs. Brewer the ability to honestly say she "has did" something meaningful for the 'disabled' community out there.

Otherwise, it's nothing more than typical legislative house keeping that is needed as our cultures change.

Jason
Jason

Jan should take a look in the mirror and ask herself who's REALLY retarded.

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