May 20, 2013
A Team of Academics Redesigns an Icon
M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle
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, even helpless. For years there have been scattered efforts to replace it with a more active representation of people with physical limitations.
That may finally happen, thanks to several years of pushing