The Kansas Senate approved a final bill that updates the term “hearing impairment” to “hard of hearing” in state statute, according to an article in the Kansas Reflector.
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SB 343 reflects the thinking that the terminology “hearing impairment” is an outdated phrase that doesn’t conform to modern ways of referencing disability.
“As a general rule, it is proper when referring to a person with a disability or disabilities by putting the person first and then using a positive reference such as ‘a person with a hearing loss,’” said Robert Cooper, executive director of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing during a hearing on the bill last month. “Individuals may prefer you to refer to them as deaf or hard of hearing.”
Legislators and advocates also plan a campaign to educate the public about correct usage of the terminology, beyond the statute.
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Source: Kansas Reflector