Disabled advocates want 'handicapped' off signs

Monday, December 1, 2008 | 10:29 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities wants to remove the word "handicapped" from signs indicating parking spaces for the disabled.

Susan Pritchard-Green heads the council. She says the word "handicapped" is derogatory and insulting for people with disabilities.

Instead, she says she'd like to see the spaces marked in blue to be known simply as "accessible parking." The council and other advocacy groups say they'll push for legislation to change the language of the state law governing the parking signs.

Pritchard-Green says some other states have already made the change.


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Ray Shapiro December 1, 2008 | 10:54 a.m.

I am certain that the word "handicapped" is not used to imply or considered derogatory or insulting to everyone. Political correctness, too excess, has become the new form of censorship and is destroying "real speak." By declaring it "across the board" as derogatory or insulting, we limit our cultural and accurate use of words. Personally, I consider "accessible parking" an insult as "non-handicapped/disabled" tagged vehicles will now be forced to park in the "non-accessible" spots. (How sensitive is that?) Don't these councils have anything better to do than change our language?

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Charles Dudley Jr December 1, 2008 | 11:11 a.m.

ray shapiro I agree 100% and where does the money come from to change all of those signs too?

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Ayn Rand December 1, 2008 | 12:48 p.m.

What a joke.

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