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NY Updates Language for those with Disabilities


New legislation aims to support New Yorkers with disabilities.

The Developmental Disabilities Planning Council has been renamed the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. The council supports those with developmental disabilities by promoting “self-advocacy, participation, and inclusion in all facets of community life.”

Other legislation replaces “outdated language” used in private housing law, the public authorities law, and the New York State medical care facilities finance agency.

The words “handicapping conditions” will also be replaced in certain instances with disabilities related to children with such disabilities.

“It is important to myself and the State of New York that we remain up to date and respectful of individuals at all times,” Governor Hochul said. “This legislative package will allow changes to outdated language in our State laws and continues our efforts to help strengthen the rights of all New Yorkers.”

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