facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -

 

« News Home

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



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

By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

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 “The word is obsolete and often viewed as offensive.”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.


Comments

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.

Suggest removal:

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.

Suggest removal:

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!

Suggest removal:


News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2015 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes