Words Matter

Words MatterOn April 24, 2007, the Ohio General Assembly eliminated the words “idiot,” “lunatic,” and “imbecile” as descriptions of people with developmental disabilities from the Ohio Revised Code.

Before the end of the decade, Senate Bill 79 would change the name of the Ohio County Boards of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to the County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, and the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

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