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Sub. H. B. No. 552 As Enrolled
(130th General Assembly)
(Substitute House Bill Number 552)
To enact sections 9.57 and 3701.69 of the Revised
Code to require the distribution of information on
Down syndrome under certain conditions and to
establish language standards for signs containing
the international symbol of access.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That sections 9.57 and 3701.69 of the Revised Code
be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 9.57. Whoever erects or replaces a sign containing the
international symbol of access shall use forms of the word
"accessible" rather than forms of the word "handicapped" or the
word "disabled" whenever words are included on the sign.
Sec. 3701.69. (A)(1) The department of health shall create a
Down syndrome information sheet that includes all of the
(a) A description of Down syndrome, including its causes,
effects on development, and potential complications;
(b) Diagnostic tests;
(c) Options for treatment and therapy;
(d) Contact information for local, state, and national
organizations that provide Down syndrome educational and support
services and programs.
(2) With respect to the medical information included in the
information sheet, the department shall include only information
that is current and based on medical evidence.
(3) The department shall periodically review and update the
information sheet and shall make it available on the department's
internet web site.
(B) If a patient under the care of any of the following
health care professionals or facilities receives either a test
result indicating Down syndrome or a prenatal or postnatal
diagnosis of Down syndrome, the health care professional or
facility shall provide to the patient or the patient's
representative a copy of the information sheet created under
division (A) of this section:
(1) A physician authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised
Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and
(2) A certified nurse-midwife who holds a certificate of
authority issued under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code;
(3) A genetic counselor licensed under Chapter 4778. of the
(4) A hospital registered under section 3701.07 of the
(5) A maternity unit, newborn care nursery, or maternity home
licensed under Chapter 3711. of the Revised Code;
(6) A freestanding birthing center licensed under section
3702.30 of the Revised Code.