Whether you are driving to work or riding a bus or walking around downtown, chances are you’ll see at least one of those iconic blue and white signs posted near a ramp, door, or parking space. The signs, which show a nondescript person sitting in a wheelchair, are everywhere – at least for now.
According to a story in the Poughkeepsie Journal, the traditional markers may be updated in the state of New York if a proposed bill is signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new piece of legislation dictates that the current image would be replaced by one that shows a person seated in a wheelchair in motion.
Additionally, the bill would prohibit the word “handicapped” from being displayed on any accessibility signs in response to concerns raised by disability rights advocates who say the term is derogatory, outdated, and offensive.
If signed, any wheelchair-accessible signs installed after the bill goes into effect must abide by the new rule. At the time of this writing, Gov. Cuomo has not indicated whether or not he is favor of the bill.
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