arc of florida http://wlrn.org en Florida To Replace 'Mental Retardation' With 'Intellectual Disability' Throughout State Law http://wlrn.org/post/florida-replace-mental-retardation-intellectual-disability-throughout-state-law <p>Thirty-seven-year-old Derrick Sneed testified before Florida lawmakers last spring for a new law that removes all references to “mental retardation” in state law.&nbsp;</p><p>“The more I learn about the R-word (the more I want) to <a href="http://www.norword.org/" target="_blank">get rid of this R-word and stop this R-word right now</a>. It’s very important to me,” Sneed said. “People say retarded – and I said respect someone.”</p><p>The term “mental retardation” is being removed from more than 400 Florida statutes and being replaced with “intellectual disability.”</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 19905 at http://wlrn.org Florida To Replace 'Mental Retardation' With 'Intellectual Disability' Throughout State Law