Bill Would Remove Outdated Disability Terms From State Law
Disabled people are sick of being called names like "retard" and worse. State government is even part of the name-calling - as several hundred Minnesota laws are riddled with the words "mental retardation," "handicapped" and even "idiot."
Archaic language like that would disappear from state statutes under legislation announced Thursday and welcomed by people with disabilities.
In a state that operated the Minnesota Institute for Defectives and the School for the Feeble-Minded a century ago, a few leftovers have remained on the books. Two real estate laws from 1901 and 1902 include references to "idiots," which was used as a medical term for developmentally disabled people in the late 1800s and early 1900s.