ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The old, familiar handicapped signs will soon be a thing of the past.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that changes the traditional image of a wheelchair bound character used on ramps and accessible parking to show a character in motion. The new law also prohibits the use of the word “handicapped” from being displayed on signs and instead only allows for the word “accessible.”
The governor signed the law during the 24th anniversary of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, which was the first major step to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability.
In a prepared statement, Cuomo said, “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.”
The signs were given an update to emphasize the person rather than the disability itself.
The new images will be required on any new or replaced state signage.