(Columbus) - Two state lawmakers want to remove the word "handicap" from Ohio state law.
The bill would replace the word with phrases like "person with a disability" or "access/accessible/accessibility." One example would be handicap parking spaces. They would be known as "accessible parking" or "disability parking."
Franklin and Hamilton County currently have similar laws on the books. While it calls for signs to be changed, it would not require existing signs be immediately replaced. The idea is being pushed by advocacy groups.
"They really felt that word handicapped provided negative connotations," said State Rep. Michael Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat. He's joined on the bill by Rep. Cheryl Grossman, a Republican from Grove City.
This is not the first time a term that's deemed offensive has been removed from state laws.
In 2007 lawmakers pulled words like idiot, lunatic, and insane. The words "mental retardation" were deleted from agencies in 2009. Those agencies are now known simply as departments of developmental disabilities.
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