Everyone is familiar with the blue and white handicap logo you see in restrooms, parking spots and accessibility ramps. The unique design depicts a person sitting idle in a wheelchair and is recognized worldwide. However, in New York City a new logo was unveiled over the weekend that takes the original logo and makes it more up to date, though some think it goes too far. The artist responsible for the new design, Sara Hendren, was concerned that the old logo was too passive and didn’t convey the progress handicapped people have made over the years.
The new logo also shows a white figure in a wheelchair but now that person is in motion with arms ready to propel the mobility device further and faster. Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability welcomed the new design saying, “It’s about time that our society portrayed people with disabilities as active and forward-leaning”. However, others have commented that the figure in the logo looks bent and mangled and that the design reinforces the full-speed mentality that many feel is making the world a stressed-out and exhausted place.
So, is the new logo too racy or is it time for the able-bodied to accept disabled people on the move? The logo was changed after years of lobbying from disability advocates but it’s uncertain if everyone agrees on the direction Hendren took. What do you think?