Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Governor signs bill to remove the words handicapped and disabled from state statutes, materials

Governor signs bill to remove the words handicapped and disabled from state statutes, materials

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB 2667 into law. Rep. Stefanie Mach, D-Tucson (District 10), introduced this bill which will 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.

“I am grateful for the support this bill received from my colleagues and from Gov. Brewer,” Mach said. “Replacing offensive language with terms that more accurately reflect our community is an important change.”

Mach, who survived a car accident in 1997 in which she sustained serious burn injuries and the loss of an arm, began working on this legislation because she said the term “handicapped” is dehumanizing.

“Our laws and signs should use language that reflects the respect we have for everyone in our state,” Mach said.

The bill will take effect 90 days after the legislative session ends and will replace the archaic language with “person or persons with disabilities.”




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