Assembly Approves Bill To Remove Offensive Language From State Laws

TRENTON – A bill to remove offensive and demeaning language about people with disabilities from state laws received final legislative approval on Monday.

The bill would delete all references in the statutes to the terms “mental retardation,” “mentally retarded,” “idiot,” and “feeble-minded” and replace them with the term “intellectual disability,” using “person-first” language. “Person-first” language is language that refers to an individual as a “person with a disability,” rather than as a “disabled person.”

It was approved 80-0 by the Assembly and now goes to the governor.

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