senate Bill S6846

Amended

Requires the office of temporary and disability assistance to require any new signage relating to accessibility be updated and changed

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 19 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.613
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6846A
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9934A

Summary

Requires the office of temporary and disability assistance to promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to remove the word handicapped from any signs or means of communication where such word appears; further requires that anywhere where it is required that the current universal symbol of access of figure in a wheelchair appear that such signage instead depict a logo with a dynamic character leaning forward with a sense of movement; applies only to new signs.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8193
Versions:
S6846
S6846A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add §101, Exec L; amd §375, V & T L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6846

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law and the
vehicle and traffic law, in relation to certain signs relating to
accessibility

PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation to update the signage
related to accessibility by abolishing word combinations such as
"handicapped accessible".

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Section 20 of the Social Services Law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 9 to read as follows: 9. The office of temporary and
disability assistance shall promulgate any rules and regulations
necessary to remove the word "handicapped" from any signs or means of
communication where such work appears. Such office shall further
require that anywhere where it is required that the current universal
symbol of access of figure in a wheelchair appear that such signage
for accessibility instead depict a logo with a dynamic character
leaning forward with a sense of movement. The provisions of this
subdivision shall only apply to any new signs being implemented on and
after the effective date of this subdivision.

Section 2. Subparagraph 2 of paragraph (b) of subdivision 20 of
section 375 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law is amended by adding the
following: The commissioner shall require that any new signage
relating to accessibility implemented on or after the effective date
of the chapter of the laws of two thousand fourteen which amended this
subparagraph depict a logo with a dynamic character leaning forward
with a sense of movement.

Section 3. Establishes the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: In 1990, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was
enacted by Congress. The ADA's purpose was to prohibit discrimination
on the basis of a disability in the public or private sector. The
ADA's Title II and III prohibit the discrimination of individuals who
are disabled in regards to public accommodations. Examples include
places of lodging, recreation, education, transportation, stores, and
public displays. The ADA further provides that signage must be present
at such sites indicating accessibility.

The current signage usually includes the two word combination:
"handicapped accessible". Many disability advocacy organizations are
advocating for the use of the word 'accessible' and eliminating the
word 'handicapped'. Representatives of such groups maintain a 'people
first' perspective so that the emphasis is on the person rather than
the disability itself. Organizations taking this position include the
National Disability Rights Network, United Spinal Association,
Westchester Disabled on the Move. Inc., and the Center for Disability
Rights, Inc.

People with Disabilities Rights representatives are also advocating
for a revamped International Symbol of Access (ISA). The ISA is used
worldwide to indicate accessibility for those with disabilities. The
current symbol is a person seated in a wheelchair. Advocates prefer


the symbol to include a more dynamic person in the wheelchair.
Federal and state officials have accepted slight modifications on the
ISA. The Accessible icon Project is advocating for the new figure, and
New York City has already adopted the redesigned icon.

This legislation would correct a situation where language that is
considered outdated, derogatory and offensive by many with
disabilities and those closest to them is eliminated. The removal of
the word 'handicapped' and substitution of a dynamic person in a
wheelchair broadcasts and important message that a person may have a
disability but is not to be defined by it.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This legislation has no fiscal implications
since only new signage will incorporate the changed language and icon.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act will take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however,
that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of
any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on
its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and
completed on or before such effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6846

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 19, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law and the vehicle and traffic law,
  in relation to certain signs relating to accessibility

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Section 20 of the social services law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9. THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE SHALL  PROMULGATE
ANY  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS  NECESSARY TO REMOVE THE WORD "HANDICAPPED"
FROM ANY SIGNS OR MEANS OF COMMUNICATION WHERE SUCH WORD  APPEARS.  SUCH
OFFICE SHALL FURTHER REQUIRE THAT ANYWHERE WHERE IT IS REQUIRED THAT THE
CURRENT UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF ACCESS OF FIGURE IN A WHEELCHAIR APPEAR THAT
SUCH  SIGNAGE  FOR  ACCESSIBILITY  INSTEAD  DEPICT A LOGO WITH A DYNAMIC
CHARACTER LEANING FORWARD WITH A SENSE OF MOVEMENT.  THE  PROVISIONS  OF
THIS  SUBDIVISION SHALL ONLY APPLY TO ANY NEW SIGNS BEING IMPLEMENTED ON
AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S 2. Subparagraph 2 of paragraph (b) of subdivision 20 of section  375
of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 242 of the laws of
1992, is amended to read as follows:
  (2)  The universal handicapped symbol shall be conspicuously displayed
on the exterior of every omnibus equipped with a wheelchair  lift  which
transports children with disabilities. The commissioner shall promulgate
regulations  regarding  the  size  and  location of such universal hand-
icapped symbol. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL  REQUIRE  THAT  ANY  NEW  SIGNAGE
RELATING  TO ACCESSIBILITY IMPLEMENTED ON OR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF
THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN  WHICH  AMENDED  THIS
SUBPARAGRAPH DEPICT A LOGO WITH A DYNAMIC CHARACTER LEANING FORWARD WITH
A SENSE OF MOVEMENT.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective  date  are
authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
effective date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11777-01-3

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