Replacement of “Mental Retardation” with “Intellectual Disability”

On October 5, 2010, President Obama signed legislation requiring the federal government to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in many areas of government. This measure, known as Rosa’s Law, strips the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from federal health, education, and labor policy. “Intellectual disability” or “individual with an intellectual disability” are being inserted in place of these outdated terms. The rights of individuals with disabilities remain the same.

To accommodate this change in the former Student Accountability Information System (SAIS), student information systems were required to upload the old MIMR, MOMR, SMR codes and these were converted behind the scenes and any output would display these codes using the new MIID, MOID, SID codes.

With the implementation of AzEDS (Arizona Education Data Standards), this conversion is no longer necessary. Student information systems can now upload MIID, MOID, SID codes for processing and these codes will be reflected on the appropriate reports.

Any questions regarding these codes can be directed to ESS Data Management.