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This past month, a new bill was enacted that will forever change the terminology used in government documents. The Marcellino family of Edgewater, MD were unhappy that their daughter Rosa's (who has Down syndrome) education plan labeled her "mentally retarded" so they advocated for change first at a local, then state, then national level. "Rosa's Law", signed into effect earlier this month by President Obama, officially ends the term "mental retardation" or "mentally retarded" in all labor, education and health laws. These words will be instead be replaced with phrases such as "intellectual disability" or "developmental disability", more suitable terminology used by advocacy groups for the disabled. Check out the video of Rosa and her amazing story below!