- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers are taking steps to update how state government refers to older adults and people with disabilities.

By a vote of 138-12, the House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Wednesday night to a bill originally proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that replaces the references with so-called “person-first,” respectful language.

Malloy says the concept was brought to his attention by the Department of Developmental Services, which pointed to several areas in state law that used out-of-date words and did not promote inclusion or respect for people with disabilities.

Among other things, the bill substitutes terms such as “person with disabilities” for “handicapped person,” ”deaf and hard of hearing” for “hearing impaired” and “older person” for elderly person.

It also designates October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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