UPDATE: Mach’s bill to remove the words handicapped and disabled from state statutes goes to governor’s desk
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –The governor will soon receive 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.
The Arizona Senate unanimously passed an amended version of HB 2667 and sent the bill back to the Arizona House for a final vote today where it passed unanimously. Mach is trying to change the way the state addresses people with disabilities. She survived a car accident in 1997, in which she sustained serious burn injuries and the loss of an arm. She said, as a person with a disability, she understands the effect of dehumanizing words on a person or a group of people.
“The current language is offensive,” Mach said. “My bill changes the archaic 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 Gov. Jan Brewer for consideration.
To view the entire bill, go to: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2667&Session_ID=112.