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March 27, 2014 | North America: Michigan

Michigan R-Word Bill Signing March 28 in Lansing

By Aaron Mills

On Friday, March 28, Michigan will officially remove the term "retard(ed)" from state laws when Lt. Governor Brian Calley puts pen to paper on the "R-Word" package of bills at Hill Auditorium in Lansing. Earlier this month, the Michigan Senate and House unanimously voted to remove the term "retard(ed)" from state laws. Senator Rebekah Warren (D-18th District) and Senator Bruce Caswell (R-16th District) co-sponsored the Senate Resolution. Representatives Gail Haines (R-43rd District), Matt Lori (R-59th District) and Phil Cavanagh (D-10th District) sponsored the House Resolution. The "R-Word" is currently used 15 times in a variety of Michigan laws dealing with everything from mental health institutions to educational facilities and criminal activity. It will now be replaced with the term "developmental disability". There are only a handful of states left that have yet to take similar measures.

About Aaron Mills: Aaron Mills is the Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator at Special Olympics Michigan.

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