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Push is on to remove ‘handicap’ from signs
The Columbus Dispatch ^ | July 5, 2013 | Rita Price

Posted on 07/05/2013 9:10:36 AM PDT by Deadeye Division

A local self-advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities is asking Columbus and Franklin County to officially retire the word handicap whenever new accessibility signs are erected.

The advocates want the old description replaced with accessible, the wheelchair symbol or, perhaps even better, a zippy new icon recently adopted in New York City that looks like a wheelchair figure on the move.

“With handicap, that sounds like they’re making fun of us,” said Marci Straughter, a member of the Self-Advocate Advisory Council of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “It’s time for a change, and we want to make this happen.”

Language is often at the forefront of the self-advocacy movement, which scored a big victory in 2009 when the words mental retardation were dropped from the names of state and county agencies that serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

“Language does hurt,” said Sadie Hunter, executive director of People First of Ohio. “Taking the word handicap away strengthens people. And it just takes a little bit of effort to make these changes.”

Columbus and Franklin County officials say they are willing to make sure that new and replacement signs for parking areas, buildings, bathrooms and other areas do not include the word handicap or handicapped.

Advocates say they hope the public stand will prompt private-sector signs to change, too.

In a letter sent to the city and county about a week ago, the self-advocate council forwarded resolutions passed in Cincinnati and Hamilton County to eliminate handicapped on public signs.

On newer signs and buildings, the changes already have been made, local officials said. But some old signs, such as those posted at the Franklin County Courthouse, 373 S. High St., still use the word handicap.

County Commissioner Marilyn Brown said she’ll push to make the phase-in official.

“We have to be welcoming in our language,” said Brown, whose adult daughter uses a wheelchair. “ It seems like a natural for us to just continue as we change signage, to change it to be far more positive and use the contemporary verbiage.”

Hunter said some Ohioans want to trade the rigid wheelchair symbol for the active icon developed by the Accessibility Icon Project and make it available on license plates.

That icon meets federal standards and has been adopted in cities in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Canada and western Europe, said Boston-area professor Brian Glenney, project co-founder.

“We haven’t gotten any pushback, and we’ve been going for three years,” Glenney said. “It’s a slow phase-in, like how words are being changed. As the words evolve, symbols should evolve as well.”

rprice@dispatch.com


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1 posted on 07/05/2013 9:10:36 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
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To: Deadeye Division

This is ++ good.


2 posted on 07/05/2013 9:13:56 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Deadeye Division

Wth? As if political correctness hadn’t gone far enough. Soon they’ll declare being disabled isn’t actually treatable, it’s just another variation, and any attempt to help disabled people will be called bigoted.


3 posted on 07/05/2013 9:13:58 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Deadeye Division

I'm...I'm...not...handi...handi

4 posted on 07/05/2013 9:14:42 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Deadeye Division

Handicapped was intended to replace crippled, so now that is too derogatory?....PC run amok............


5 posted on 07/05/2013 9:15:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Deadeye Division

1984 Newspeak


6 posted on 07/05/2013 9:22:54 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Deadeye Division

“other abled” I believe is the new PC term.


7 posted on 07/05/2013 9:25:08 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Deadeye Division

The new proposed symbol look like the figure in the wheelchair is either getting ready to stand (”Stand up, Chuck!”) or is pitching forward and falling out.

Handicapped parking, access, etc, is a good thing but, like everything else PC, the idiots on the left just cannot leave ANYTHING alone.


8 posted on 07/05/2013 9:26:39 AM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: Red Badger

The City of Boulder, Colo. spent a couple of hundred thousand dollars replacing the term “Man Hole” with “Utility Access Cover”.


9 posted on 07/05/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Red Badger

Yes, I remember when it was okay to say crippled.

I remember someone I knew did volunteer work with the Crippled Children’s League. Probably that organization either changed their name or disbanded long ago.

Then, somewhere along the way, the word crippled became some sort of insult, and we were supposed to say handicapped or disabled.

Who can keep up with the PC changes in the language?


10 posted on 07/05/2013 9:32:04 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: laplata

Back in the early 1990s the City of Toronto decreed that manholes shall henceforth be referred to as “access holes”. They changed their minds after a road contractor put up signs in a construction zone that read, “Caution- RAISED A-HOLES IN ROAD”.


11 posted on 07/05/2013 9:34:49 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Why even try? Whatever it is you’re doing, it’s wrong.


12 posted on 07/05/2013 9:35:04 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Deadeye Division

I am firmly resolved, should my osteoarthritis finally get to the point where it is debilitating, or for any other reason I should need to use a cane or walker, or lose the use of one or both hands, that I will refer to myself as “a cripple”. Even “handicapped” is wussy. Euphemism is a plague on language.


13 posted on 07/05/2013 9:37:56 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Deadeye Division

Those parking permits are over issued anyway. Where I work there are literally dozens of these permits given out to people on Prozac and Xanax. I guess giving them a parking spot closer to the store makes them less anguished. Now I see expecting mother parking spaces popping up too.


14 posted on 07/05/2013 9:39:40 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: TurboZamboni

Transabled


15 posted on 07/05/2013 9:41:40 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Donkey Odious
Handicapped parking, access, etc, is a good thing but, like everything else PC, the idiots on the left just cannot leave ANYTHING alone.

I don't think that's the fundamental driving force here.

At a fundamental level, these people think they can change reality by changing human perception of reality, and they think they can change perception by changing language.

This is just "magic thinking," dressed up like a professor and smoking a pipe, or smoking something anyway.

What happens is that after some time goes by (a few decades, for instance) and nothing has changed since the last language modification, someone comes up with the idea of changing the language again.

Nothing will change in the real world after the new name change, but it makes the magic thinkers feel like they're "doing something."

Magic thinking is a symptom of mental illness btw.

16 posted on 07/05/2013 9:41:53 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Squawk 8888

LOL! Good one.

Now it’s Muslims praying.


17 posted on 07/05/2013 9:43:20 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Deadeye Division
Push is on to remove ‘handicap’ from signs

Far Side

18 posted on 07/05/2013 9:44:09 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Deadeye Division

As a man who has been disabled from birth, even handicapped, I must say that most “activists” for the handicapped are professionally outraged and, to be brutally honest, are in it for the money. A pretty penny can be made by stirring the pot.

I have been involved with too many of these jackasses over the years and they are truly parasites.


19 posted on 07/05/2013 9:44:28 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I know an old cowboy who is always “gimped up”.


20 posted on 07/05/2013 9:45:20 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Deadeye Division
“Taking the word handicap away strengthens people.

Mein Fuhrer!


21 posted on 07/05/2013 9:45:39 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Wiggins

Not to mention the morbidly obese people parking in the handicap spots....


22 posted on 07/05/2013 9:49:04 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: laplata
The City of Boulder, Colo. spent a couple of hundred thousand dollars replacing the term “Man Hole” with “Utility Access Cover”.

Maybe they thought Man Hole was a gay reference.
23 posted on 07/05/2013 9:49:08 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I was thinking of just posting a picture of Jaun McLaim would suffice. The very definition of a handicap.


24 posted on 07/05/2013 9:50:30 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: Wiggins
Those parking permits are over issued anyway. Where I work there are literally dozens of these permits given out to people on Prozac and Xanax.

You can practically get a handicapped placard these days just by asking for one. I was thinking that they might as well take the wheelchair symbol off the sign. I can't recall the last time I saw someone parking in these spots who actually used one.

25 posted on 07/05/2013 9:51:03 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Who can keep up with the PC changes in the language?

I don't know.

About 10 years ago I asked some coworkers at a retail store, "Did you see where that Oriental couple I was talking to went?"

All of a sudden I am read the riot act and being told the term was now 'asian'

As Steve Martin once said, Exxxccccuuuussseee ME!"

26 posted on 07/05/2013 9:52:52 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Deadeye Division

I’d be happy if Democrats were forced to wear handicapped signs.

Maybe one with a brain in the wheelchair?


27 posted on 07/05/2013 9:52:54 AM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: TurboZamboni
“other abled” I believe is the new PC term.

Differently abled.

28 posted on 07/05/2013 9:56:49 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Old Yeller

Maybe they thought Man Hole was a gay reference.


No, it was Chauvinistic. There were three Dykes on the city council at the time. The other members of the City Council were intimidated by the Engineer Boots they wore. LOL


29 posted on 07/05/2013 9:57:08 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Drew68
You can practically get a handicapped placard these days just by asking for one.

Your right about that. In N.Y. all you need is a doctors note or signature on the application to get a two year renewable permit that hangs on the rear view mirror of a car. There are very few doctors that refuse doing this for their patients even though there really isn't anything wrong with them.

30 posted on 07/05/2013 10:00:46 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Deadeye Division
“Taking the word handicap away strengthens people. And it just takes a little bit of effort to make these changes.”

Just do away with handicap spots altogether, then. Or better yet, have designated handicap spots that aren't actually designated or restricted.

You know what would really empower people and make them stronger is to have them walk from the far end of the lot. </s>

31 posted on 07/05/2013 10:01:34 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: rfreedom4u
Not to mention the morbidly obese people parking in the handicap spots....

Obese parking spots should be way at the other end of the parking lot. (Spoken as someone who could use that long walk more often)

32 posted on 07/05/2013 10:01:52 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Deadeye Division
Gimp Space

That should properly identify the spaces in question.

33 posted on 07/05/2013 10:05:35 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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“And...and some of this stuff is just silly, we all know that, like on the airlines, they say want to pre- board. Well, what the hell is pre-board, what does that mean? To get on before you get on? They say they’re going to pre-board those passengers in need of special assistance. Cripples! Simple honest direct language. There is no shame attached to the word cripple that I can find in any dictionary. No shame attached to it, in fact it’s a word used in bible translations. Jesus healed the cripples. Doesn’t take seven words to describe that condition. But we don’t have any cripples in this country anymore. We have The physically challenged. Is that a grotesque enough evasion for you? How about differently abled. I’ve heard them called that. Differently abled! You can’t even call these people handicapped anymore. They’ll say, “Were not handicapped. Were handicapable!” These poor people have been bullshitted by the system into believing that if you change the name of the condition, somehow you’ll change the condition. Well, hey cousin, ppsssspptttttt. Doesn’t happen. Doesn’t happen.

We have no more deaf people in this country, hearing impaired. No ones blind anymore, partially sighted or visually impaired. We have no more stupid people. Everyone has a learning disorder...or he’s minimally exceptional. How would you like to be told that about your child? “He’s minimally exceptional.” “Oohh, thank god for that.” Psychologists actually have started calling ugly people, those with severe appearance deficits. It’s getting so bad, that any day now I expect to hear a rape victim referred to as an unwilling sperm recipient.”

-George Carlin


34 posted on 07/05/2013 10:05:39 AM PDT by SteelCurtain_SSN720 (If you pass the rabid child, say "hammer down" for me)
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To: Wiggins
There are very few doctors that refuse doing this for their patients even though there really isn't anything wrong with them.

Go to Walmart and you can't even find a handicapped spot available. Makes me feel sorry for those in wheelchairs who have to park at the far end of the lot where there are enough empty spaces to accommodate them because all the close ones are taken up by the depressed and morbidly obese.

35 posted on 07/05/2013 10:08:49 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Wiggins
Where I work there are literally dozens of these permits given out to people on Prozac and Xanax. I guess giving them a parking spot closer to the store makes them less anguished.

You don't want the drugged up people getting lost in the parking lot. Here in CO we're going to dedicate a few more spaces in every lot for them. We'll call them Pot Spots.

36 posted on 07/05/2013 10:13:54 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Deadeye Division
The new "progressive symbol" is poorly considered:


37 posted on 07/05/2013 10:16:20 AM PDT by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: newzjunkey
You need to put the 0bama symbol in that circle to properly identify that the space or facility is for the handicapped. Actually, just do away with the wheelchair altogether and use the 0bama symbol. Every conservative will understand that it's for someone who couldn't find their ass with both hands.


38 posted on 07/05/2013 10:22:40 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Deadeye Division

“a zippy new icon”

Well, of course. Are we having fun yet?

Can someone with the requisite skills post a picture or cartoon strip of Zippy the Pinhead?


39 posted on 07/05/2013 10:24:21 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Deadeye Division

Great if they aren’t handicapped, they can take their chances finding a parking space like the rest of us.


40 posted on 07/05/2013 10:26:07 AM PDT by Kozak (The Republic is Dead. We now live in a Judicial Tyranny.)
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To: laplata

*The City of Boulder, Colo. spent a couple of hundred thousand dollars replacing the term “Man Hole” with “Utility Access Cover”.*

Now that some insanity right there. I don’t care who ya are.


41 posted on 07/05/2013 10:31:13 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: TurboZamboni

HA....that/this is why my husband NOW occasionally parks in the one of many EMPTY “Handicap” parking spaces right near the front door of a store....we are “other abled”....whatever the H3LL that means!


42 posted on 07/05/2013 10:34:41 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Deadeye Division

How about ‘African-American-Abled’?


43 posted on 07/05/2013 10:37:27 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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A few years back, my College took down all their handicapped parking signs and replaced them with ones that read “Person First Priority Parking.” I kid you not.
After a couple of weeks They used peel and stick letters to add “permit required” on the bottom.


44 posted on 07/05/2013 10:41:06 AM PDT by CraigEsq
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To: Viennacon

If they dislike it and are so insulted, then let them park out on the fringes, with us.


45 posted on 07/05/2013 10:42:28 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Boulder is called “The Peoples Republic of Boulder”. The place is dominated by loony lefties.


46 posted on 07/05/2013 10:52:21 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: eddie willers
All of a sudden I am read the riot act and being told the term was now 'asian'

Asian doesn't even make sense when used this way.

We mean East Asians, the little yellow people.

Not Afghans, Turks, Israelis, Indians or Iranians.

47 posted on 07/05/2013 11:16:09 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Yes, I remember when it was okay to say crippled.

I just said that three days ago in Wal-Mart.

Wife and I were over by the bread section (stand alone kiosk) and this trim 60-ish woman, in one of those electric carts, comes barreling in ahead of us (we had to stand aside to keep from being run over) and says "I have to get in there."

Being Mr. Nice Guy, I deferred. Ten minutes later we were behind Miss Cart Woman(MCW) at the checkout. The woman ahead of her had all her good packaged and ready to leave. MCW was next. About then a clerk in a lane to our left said "I'm opening up. I can take the next one. We went over.

Next thing, the MCW starts complaining about people taking cuts. I snapped. I've had it up to HERE with this PC crap and especially these cart people who are rude and pushy and think they can get away with it. I told her to quit thinking she had special privileges just because she was a cripple (used that term intentionally).

Now she is yelling "DID YOU HEAR THAT? HE CALLED ME A CRIPPLE! HOW RUDE! I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER!" She yelled that last a couple of times. I told her she took cuts with us at the bread rack, which she ignored. The clerk at our counter looked embarrassed and motioned one of the supervisors over.

When the supervisor came over, I told her we had a Professional Victim trying to make waves, and that I was sick of their crap. The supervisor rolled her eyes in sympathy and walked back to her station. MCW started yelling I was a liar and she wanted the manager. When nobody did anything she calmed down. I should have told her sarcastically to "have a good day", but I was pist [sic] and afraid I'd really let her have it.

When we were outside, wifey said that MCW nearly ran over her foot at the bread rack. Had I of known that, I would have added it to the mix. Then wifey asks, "How did she get here? She was using the store's cart so she must have driven and walked in first." Damn! Never thought of that. It would have been great to have asked MCW if she had driven the cart all the way from home, and if she drove/walked in, she wasn't as "crippled" as she made out to be.

In effect, I declared my Independence a few days early. No more shrugging off the "whatever" attitude or cries of pain at some perceived slur. Tough Noogies. Deal with it.

48 posted on 07/05/2013 11:18:55 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: The_Reader_David

Been a crip for 12 years. I dont find the word crip offensive. Just don’t call me Late for Dinner.


49 posted on 07/05/2013 11:26:28 AM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: Oatka
Well said and I totally agree.

The PC crowd has overplayed their hand, IMO.

I've finally decided that all these people who claim to be "offended" are offending ME, and I care more about MY feelings than I do THEIRS.

50 posted on 07/05/2013 11:30:06 AM PDT by daler
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