The famous blue and white access symbol depicting a wheelchair user has been widely used throughout the world since the 1960s, but will soon be replaced in Connecticut. On Jan. 1, the Constitution State passed a law to replace it with a new symbol that illustrates a more active wheelchair user. Additionally, parking signs bearing the new symbol will say “reserved” instead of “handicapped.”
“It’s 45 years old,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy about the outgoing symbol. “It was developed at a different time, when our own ideas as a culture and a society were much more about concentrating on that which held people back, as opposed to that which moves people forward, and so it was time.”
The new symbol depicts a wheelchair user leaning forward pushing their own chair. This active stance showcases that people with disabilities are not just passive, sedentary beings, but rather active, independent members of society.