Iowa signs the bill to end use of the “R-word”

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Joining a national trend to end use of the “R-word,” Iowa Governor to Terry Branstad signed legislation March 22 to replace the word “retarded” with “intellectual disability” in Iowa law.

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The bill passed the state legislature unanimously earlier in the legislative session.

“I don’t think in my time here that I have worked on legislation where changing two words in the Iowa Code has meant so much to so many people,” Rep. Lisa Heddens, an Ames Democrat whose 17-year-old son, Paul, has Down syndrome, told the Des Moines Register.

For more information on the “R-Word: Spread the Word to End the Word,” campaign, read here.