Legislation that would strike from state law “pejorative and archaic language” that refers to people with disabilities began advancing in the state Assembly today.
The Assembly Human Services Committee voted 5-0 to approve the bill (A4461), which would make hundreds of changes in the way state law refers to disabilities.
Among the changes:
- “Handicapped persons” would be referred to instead as “persons with disabilities.” References to “crippled” would be replaced with “physical disability.”
- “Drug dependent person” or “drug addict” would be replaced with “person with a substance use disorder involving drugs or narcotics.”
- The term “minimal brain dysfunction” would be replaced by “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder”
- “Muteness” would be called “inability to speak.”
Because the important thing is to make drug addicts feel good about how their arrest warrant reads.
How this legislation lowers my taxes remains unclear.