Ohio group pushes to remove ‘handicap’ from signs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities is trying to get the word “handicap” dropped from new accessibility signs in central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Friday (http://bit.ly/14uRNpm ) that the advocates prefer the word “accessible,” the wheelchair symbol or an updated icon that looks like a wheelchair figure on the move.

Columbus and Franklin County officials tell the newspaper they are willing to drop the handicap or handicapped descriptions from new and replacement signs for parking areas, buildings, bathrooms and other areas.

A member of the Self-Advocate Advisory Council of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities says the word handicap sounds like a term used to make fun of people with disabilities. Marci Straughter says the group wants to make the change happen.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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