Social Security's Proposal to Drop the Term 'Mental Retardation' Jan 30, 2013

Michelle Diament recently reported on Disability Scoop that The Social Security Administration has signaled its intention to start using the term "intellectual disability" in place of "mental retardation." It has been more than two years since Congress required the language switch in all federal health, education and labor policy under Rosa's Law. Now, Social Security officials said they want to follow the lawmakers' lead even though the agency does not have any mandate to do so. Diament further reported that the proposal's publication this week triggers a 30-day public comment period before any official change can take place. And that should Social Security officials move forward with the terminology update, all references to "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded children" would be replaced with "intellectual disability" and "children with intellectual disability" within Social Security's Listing of Impairments and other rules.

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