‘Accessible’ NOT ‘Handicapped’-(Delete the Use of this Word)
The term ‘handicapped’ should not be used. This word identifies a person by a disability rather than the person first. There is a plethora of stories circulating about the origins of the word, but it does not use the proper ‘person first language’ often considered the most respectful way to talk about disabilities and differences.
As we continue our Compliance Plan in Atlantic County, we uncover the need for such changes or modifications to be compliant with the current standards of the American’s with Disabilities Act. Our engineering team recently released a permanent edit to their use of language on the Engineering Detail (see image on left). In Figure #20: ‘Handicapped Ramp’ replaced with ‘Curb Ramp’.
Additionally, a recent grievance addressed a previously inaccessible area of a municipality’s boardwalk, as pictured.
About the Grantee
Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services houses the Offices of Disability and the county ADA Coordinator. This county office is a division of the department of Human Services.