Feb 8 2012

BPDD Thanks Assembly Committee for Passing People First Bill

Posted by DAWN at 1:40 PM
- Categories: BPDD | Press Releases

AB 471 will Remove “R-Word” from Wisconsin Law.

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) thanks the Assembly Committee on Health for passing Assembly Bill (AB) 471, also known as the People First Bill. The bill – which passed the Committee unanimously today – was introduced by Rep. Erik Severson.

“BPDD is very pleased that this bill passed the Assembly Committee on Health unanimously today,” said Beth Swedeen, BPDD Executive Director. “Many people, both with and without disabilities, consider the ‘R-Word’ to be hurtful and the People First Bill will remove it from Wisconsin law.”

AB 471 will remove the phrases “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from state statutes and replace them with “intellectual disability.”

A similar bill – SB 377 – is being considered by the Senate.



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