Congress Seeks Disability Terminology Revision

After passing a law in 2010 that changed the term "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability," the U.S. Congress is continuing its move to update outmoded terminology relating to disability. Many of these terms have been in the laws since their inception, and are derived from other languages such as Latin. Today, however, as society is continuing to change its outlook on disability, so too are these terms being changed in the books. Though the changes will not have any wide-reaching effect on the laws themelves, they do reflect the ways in which disability is now perceived, and aim to remove any stigma that is associated with certain words that are no longer in regular use. Read more about these changes here.