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New York City To Update ‘Handicapped’ Icon
By Erwan Xiao, 22 May 2013
The City of New York has decided to update the familiar blue-and-white ‘handicapped’ signage with a newer design created by a team from Gordon College, Massachusetts.
The old sign, which features a stick figure in a wheelchair, has been criticized as portraying the handicapped as “passive” and even “helpless”.
The Gordon-created signage hopes to change all that: It is dynamic, with a stick figure leaning forward and active.
Victor Calise, commissioner of the Office for People With Disabilities in New York, calls the new design “a forward-moving thing” and in contrast, the logo now in use is “stagnant”.
Elaborating, he said, “There’s no movement, and it makes people seem like they don’t do much with their lives”.
Proponents of the new sign hope that its success will be able to kickstart a discussion and re-evaluation of disability issues.
The old signage
[via The Chronicle Of Higher Education, image via Shutterstock]
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