One of the initiatives pushed this year before the Connecticut legislature is the rebranding of existing "handicap" signs to display the "new" disabled logo.. The main reason, from what I understand, is that the new logo depicts a person in a wheelchair in motion, rather than the current stick figure type character . The motion logo is supposed to be less offensive to people with disabilities.
I don't really know about that. One thought that might be more offensive to some is that only people in a wheelchair are thought of as living with a disability. I now am considered one of the people living with a disability after my stroke last year and display the "handicap" parking tag.
What I consider more offensive than any logo though is the total disregard for the handicap parking spaces and the total lack of regard for their use by many.
Just pull into a Walmart or other large parking lot and look at the people that use the reserved spaces as a convenient quick stop, rather than looking for a "regular" parking spot.
I have observed everything related to abuse of the Handicap spaces , from Police Cruisers to State Reps with their legislative plates running into Dunkin Donuts for a quick coffee to a UPS truck making deliveries, parking right in front of the obvious blue handicap sign.
This past week I was trying to park for an appointment at Mt. Sinai Rehab Hospital. I pulled into the lot , a lot which has many posted handicap spaces ( it is a rehab facility and the majority of the visitors are in need of the spaces) One of the last available places was taken by a man that pulled into the lot and quickly parked in a clearly marked handicap space.
Now I know that disabilities come in all forms, but this man was dressed in a uniform for the Security Company contracted for Mount Sinai/Saint Francis. I politely asked him if he forgot to hang his handicap placard before parking. He replied that he was late for work and he was only parking there for a few minutes while he went inside to punch in. His supervisor responded with the same excuse when I complained to him.
Just punching in for work at Mount Sinai, so the Handicap spot is OK
I think until we get serious about enforcement for handicap violations, no change in the logo is going to be effective, it is just window dressing to mask the problem.
And here is just a couple more examples. If they can't even show respect for the current signage, will a new logo make a difference?