Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:07
Among the witnesses to Gov. Sam Brownback’s April 26 signing of Substitute for Senate Bill No. 397 are Marion-Harvey Self-Advocates Jennifer Dies, Hillsboro, and Jessica Peugh, Peabody (to the right of the governor). This landmark legislation, which is the Kansas version of Rosa’s Law, strikes the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” and replaces them with “intellectual disability” and “person or people with intellectual disability” in statute, regulation and policy. Marion-Harvey Self-Advocates began writing letters more than a year ago to ask state legislators to make this change in Kansas. Reps. Marc Rhoades and Don Schroeder co-sponsored a bill that was introduced in the House, while Sen. Vicki Schmidt introduced a version in the Senate. More than 85 references in statute required modification. “This is important so future kids don’t have to go through what we went through,” Dies said.