Handicapped signs outdated

By Anna Norris

New accessibility logo

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) New Yorkers will soon see a change in handicapped signs around the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation on Friday that will require new or replaced state signs to drop the word “handicapped.” The word "accessible" will be used in its place.

Signs will also see a new logo. The current symbol to represent a disability is a person in a wheelchair. That will be replaced with a more active image, according to Cuomo.

“New York has long been a leader when it comes to fighting discrimination to protect New Yorkers, including people with disabilities,” said Cuomo. “This bill is an important step toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma for more than one million New Yorkers, and I am proud to sign it into law today.”

This legislation comes during the 24th anniversary of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, which was the first major step to prohibit discrimination for those with a disability.

The governor said the new icon and language will help emphasize the person, rather than the disability.

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