1. by Lauren O'Neil Posted: May 23, 2013 7:45 PM

    A revamped version of the familiar blue-and-white disability icon will soon be rolling out across parking signs, bathroom doors and accessible entry ramps in New York City, thanks to a group of activists who say the traditional logo portrays them as limited, helpless and inaccurately passive.
  2. After several years of petitioning for change, designers from Gordon College in Massachusetts have come up with an alternative to the traditional stick figure sitting back in a wheelchair.
  3. Their new character is dynamic, leaning forward with its arms at the ready.
  4. "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.

  5. Calise, who himself was paralyzed in a cycling accident at the age of 22, plans to begin putting the new logo in place all over New York City this summer. 

    He calls the old logo "stagnant," explaining that "there's no movement, and it makes people seem like they don't do much with their lives."

    Many online are pleased with the news. They're hailing Calise and others, including Brian Glenney, an assistant professor of philosophy at Gordon College who helped envision the new symbol, and Harvard student Sara Hendren, who brought the design to life.
  6. Redesigning the handicapped icon to make it look more active. Brilliant idea. Hope this catches on.chronicle.com/article/New-Yo…
  7. We've decided to update our handicapped signage with this new icon designed by a @GordonCollege prof:chronicle.com/article/New-Yo…
  8. The updated version of the handicapped symbol sign that is supported by @SEGD is to be found accesssymbol.com#icon
  9. Perceptions defined by key touchpoints – @gordoncollegepaves the way for future handicapped generations w/ new icon bit.ly/14D2uG8
  10. lets use this in #medhat RT @camhoff +1! Revised Handicapped Icon. “@Tim_Neal: i agree with this revision! chronicle.com/article/New-Yo… … ”
  11. I _really_ like this: changing public perception of the handicapped by subtly redesigning a familiar icon.ow.ly/lfZRP #a11y
  12. Sometimes you see something uplifting that just makes your heart smile. This is one of those things.fb.me/1Gj3VaEW4
  13. "The (old) handicap symbol, visible in every public building in the western world, offers a lifeless, passive, helpless and medical representation of people with disabilities,” Glenney said. “I realized that this representation was actually part of my own real perception of this population, and I didn’t think I was the only one. So the Accessible Icon Project began as a way of correcting this perception by re-imagining the symbols we use to represent people with disabilities.”
  14. While the idea clearly resonates with many, the project is not immune to criticism. 
  15. Better icon, use of the term "handicapped" aside.chronicle.com/article/New-Yo…
  16. This must be a joke, it doesn't even read - all I see is a circle. “New York City to update ‘handicapped’ iconow.ly/lgPpZ
  17. Really?! Did New York City Need To Update ‘Handicapped’ Icon?designtaxi.com/news/357779/Ne…
  18. @corecorina @laurenonizzle A ridiculous waste of money on a worse logo. I'd prefer not to be associated with that stupid image.
  19. Is the familiar wheelchair icon obsolete--even limiting? Read about a new symbol for people with #disabilitiesbit.ly/10IhbD2
  20. What are your thoughts on the new design?