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Ohio agencies officially drop the word 'retardation' from their names



Published: Tue, October 6, 2009 @ 9:45 a.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio agencies for the disabled have dropped the term “mental retardation” from their names.

Authorities have been overhauling signs, stationery and Web sites under a new law taking effect today.

The state Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities has become the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Montgomery County’s agency changed its name to Developmental Disabilities Services last month.

The agencies continue to offer the services they did before.

Gov. Ted Strickland signed the renaming measure in July.

The legislation’s proponents said “retardation” is a derogatory term.

Some county officials complained about the expense of rebranding.


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1rex(62 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

What an incredible waste of tax dollars.
Remember this when they want their levy renewed.

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2philobeto(85 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Don't worry folks you may still use the term "retardation" when referring to local, state, or federal government leaders, policies, or wasteful spending. This is not only allowed, it's preferred.

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3tgs23(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Lets spend more tax dollars and remove Dementia, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Spina Bifida and Autism before somebody else's feelings get hurt.

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