Update to outdated language for persons with disabilities - Tucson News Now

Update to outdated language for persons with disabilities

PHOENIX, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson-based bill was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer Thursday, planning for the removal of outdate language like "handicapped" and "disabled" from state laws and government materials.

The bill, HB 2667, was introduced by Rep. Stefanie Mach, a democrat from Tucson's District 10. Mach was injured in a car accident in 1997 where she was seriously burned and suffered the loss of an arm.

"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 says she began working on this legislation because she felt that the term "handicapped" was dehumanizing.

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

The bill will apply to all government material and signage, such as specific parking designated for people with disabilities.

The bill is set to take effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session. IT will replace antiquated terminology with the phrase, "person or persons with disabilities."

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