UPDATE: House Health Committee passes bill to remove the words handicapped and disabled from state statutes
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today the House Health Committee unanimously passed HB 2667, a bill Rep. Stefanie Mach, D-Tucson (District 10), introduced that would remove the words handicapped and disabled from state laws and from all materials the government produces in the future, such as signs that indicate parking for people with disabilities.
Mach is trying to change the way the state addresses people with disabilities. She survived a car accident in 1997, which knocked down an electrical line and shocked her, causing her to lose her arm. She said as a person with a disability she understands the effect of dehumanizing words on a person or a group of people.
“These terms do not accurately reflect the people in our community,” Mach said. “Our laws should use language that illustrates the respect we have for everyone in our state. My bill changes the archaic and offensive words in our statutes and replaces them with ‘person or persons with disabilities.’ These are the terms that most people with disabilities prefer.”
The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee for consideration.
To view the entire bill, go to: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2667&Session_ID=112.