Cuomo Signs Legislation To Update Accessibility Signage
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation updating New York's accessibility signage and logos.
It amends existing law to require the removal of the word "handicapped" from new or replaced state signage, as well as update the accessibility logo.
The current universal symbol for a person with a disability -- an individual with a wheelchair -- will be updated to portray a more active image.
The word handicapped will be replaced with accessible
The legislation comes during the 24th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
“New York has long been a leader when it comes to fighting discrimination to protect New Yorkers including people with disabilities,” Governor 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.”