HB 1481: Respectful Language

HB 1481 changes the term ‘mental retardation’ to ‘intellectual disability’.   ESC Region XIII has received several questions asking when the change would be reflected in PEIMS.

TEA staff are working on making the change in PEIMS as well as amending the language in the Texas Administrative Code 19 TAC 89.1040(c)(5).  In the meantime, LEAs should refer to a student as a student with an intellectual disability in accordance with federal law.

If you have questions, please contact me at shirley.sanford@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5375.

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