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Time for a (name) change at MRDD?

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

The Erie County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, i.e. "MRDD," and its equivalent state agency may be getting a name change.

Few states use the term "mental retardation" anymore, and many people favor dropping the words in Ohio, too, so that the local board would be known as the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Two bills have been introduced to make the name change in Ohio by Rep. Jimmy Stewart, R-Albany, and Rep. Fred Strayhorn, D-Dayton. They are here and here.

Jerry Plassenthal, executive director of Erie County MRDD, says his board supports the name change. Any change would require a PR effort to teach people the new "brand," he notes

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