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Lawmakers want to remove ‘handicapped’ from signs, Ohio law

Published: Thu, October 3, 2013 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



Two state lawmakers want to remove the word “handicapped” from signs marking parking spaces for people with disabilities.

State Reps. Michael Stinziano of Columbus, D-18th, and Cheryl Grossman of Grove City (R-3rd) say the word is disrespectful and should be removed from state law.

“The word ‘handicapped,’ whether it appears on a sign or in Ohio Revised Code is a pejorative reference to people with disabilities,” Stinziano told members of the House’s health committee Wednesday. “The word is obsolete and often viewed as offensive.”

The lawmakers are primary sponsors of House Bill 265, which would remove all forms of the word “handicap” from Ohio law, replacing them with phrases like “person(s) with a disability” or “access/accessible/accessibility.”

Additionally, new and replacement signs for parking spaces would include the word “accessible” instead of “handicapped.”

The legislation is not retroactive, meaning existing signs would remain in place.

Stinziano and Grossman said Franklin County, Cincinnati and other communities have taken comparable steps on signs.


1Photoman(1025 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

So this is what our legislators are doing in Columbus---worrying about hurting someone's feelings? No wonder our state (and our nation) is in such a mess.

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2highpoint(35 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Photoman: What a boneheaded response! Removing the "Whites Only" signs from water fountains wasn't about feelings! Maybe, as time goes on, you will understand that providing accessibility is a positive thing. You never know, you might need it someday.

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3redeye1(4791 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Highpoint your response is even goofier. I my self, am getting really tired of the PC that has taken over our country. I will always call them handicap , so what!

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