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Lawmakers push to remove “R” word

GREEN BAY (WKOW) — There’s a phrase in state administrative code that some find offensive.

Two state lawmakers are pushing for legislation to remove the phrase “mental retardation” and replace it with “intellectual disability.”

An agency that works with the intellectually disabled says it’s the right move.

“I think it just moves us in the right direction and though sometimes people just say, ‘Oh, it’s just words.’ It does impact and when you’re the person the words are directed at, you do take it personally,” says Julie Tetzlaff, CP director of adult services.

One of the lawmakers pushing the bill, John Jagler, has a daughter who has down syndrome.

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