Oregon Statutes - Chapter 182 - State Administrative Agencies - Section 182.109 - Agency actions to carry out state policies for persons with disabilities.

In carrying out the policies stated in ORS 410.710, state agencies shall:

(1) Review their rules and policies and may revise them as necessary to reflect a positive approach to persons with disabilities.

(2) Encourage and promote education of state employees, state officials and the public in general about the worth and capacity of persons with disabilities.

(3) In all state correspondence and publications, avoid the use of stereotypes and negative labels such as “victim,” “afflicted,” “crippled” and “handicapped” except as such terms are required by statute or federal law and regulation.

(4) Use the preferred and more positive term “person with a disability” instead of “disabled person,” “handicapped” or other negative words except as such terms are required by statute or federal law and regulation.

(5) In implementing subsections (1) to (4) of this section, develop and seek input regarding terminology and portrayal of persons with disabilities from persons who have disabilities and their advocates.

(6) Foster corrective measures and avoid stereotypes and negative labeling in texts used by schools, newspapers, magazines, radio and television by encouraging review and analysis of these media by publishers, company owners or appropriate agencies.

(7) Use the term “person with a disability” to the extent consistent with state and federal law in rules adopted on or after January 1, 2006. [1989 c.224 §2; 2005 c.411 §2; 2007 c.70 §48]

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