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Thanks for Rosa!

So the 111th congress did do something meaningful!   I am sure the media will not pay much attention to this bill know as “Rosa’s Law.”  This law was originally introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). She named the bill “Rosa’s Law” after a young woman in her state that successfully advocated for the elimination of the phrase “mentally retarded” in Maryland state law.

No longer will it be acceptable to use the phrase “mental retardation” in any Federal document.  A small victory for my friends who have intellectual concerns.   I know this may seem very small to some, but for me, this is as big as getting rid of the “n” word. 

I long for the day when we will not have to use adjectives to describe the unique qualities of others and we are just people at the table.


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