Introduced Version





HOUSE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION No.
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION



        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Legislative Council to assign to a committee for further study the topic of requiring the use of respectful, "people first" language when referring to people with disabilities in all Indiana laws.



Klinker




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Introduced

Second Regular Session of the 114th General Assembly (2006)


HOUSE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION



        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Legislative Council to assign to a committee for further study the topic of requiring the use of respectful, "people first" language when referring to people with disabilities in all Indiana laws.

    Whereas, People with disabilities make up our nation's largest minority group;

    Whereas, This group is inclusive and diverse, representing both genders and all ages, religions, socioeconomic levels, and ethnicities;

    Whereas, Old and inaccurate medical descriptors and the inappropriate use of these descriptors help to preserve negative stereotypes;

    Whereas, When people are described by their medical diagnoses, they are devalued and disrespected as individuals;

    Whereas, It is the responsibility of the state of Indiana to ensure that our laws do not perpetuate negative stereotypes or disrespect Hoosiers with disabilities; and

    Whereas, In order to ensure that all people are treated respectfully, it is necessary to determine if our laws use respectful language when referring to people with disabilities: Therefore,


Be it resolved by the House of Representatives

of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana,

the Senate concurring:


    SECTION 1. That the legislative council is urged to assign to a committee for further study the topic of requiring the use of respectful, "people first" language when referring to people with disabilities in all Indiana laws.