‘Handicapped’ Symbol Gets Facelift
An effort to revamp the icon that’s long symbolized accessibility on everything from parking lot signs to bathrooms is gaining traction with New York City agreeing to adopt a new look.
An updated version of the seemingly ubiquitous blue and white “handicapped” symbol will soon be plastered across New York.
Rather than depict a static person in a wheelchair, the new icon displays an active, in-motion version of life with a physical disability.
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“It’s such a forward-moving thing,” Victor Calise, commissioner of the New York mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities, told The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Backers of the new icon, which was spearheaded by a philosophy professor at Gordon College in Massachusetts, say they hope that adoption by the nation’s largest city will lead to more widespread acceptance of the design.