A Team of Academics Redesigns an Icon

M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle

Studying public perceptions led Brian Glenney, an assistant professor of philosophy at Gordon College, to envision a new handicapped symbol now being adopted by New York City.
May 20, 2013

Parking lots, public bathrooms, and entry ramps all have that same familiar character. It's the blue-and-white stick figure in a wheelchair, leaning slightly backward in comfortable repose, on signs that mean "handicapped."

The image looks passive…

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