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Law banishes word hurtful to disabled

Tyshon Woods, a student at the Arc of Monmouth’s Dorothy B. Hersh High School here, pulls no punches as to how the word “retarded” makes him feel when directed at him and his friends.

“It makes me feel like less than what we are,” said Woods, 20, of Long Branch.

A movement to end the use of that word, once used medically and professionally but now viewed by the special-needs community as a derogatory term, is growing throughout the country. On Aug. 16, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill removing all usage of the word from state law.

Read more here: Law banishes word hurtful to disabled | | Asbury Park Press.

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