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News from State Senator Terry Gerratana
     

July 13, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Modernizing Parking Signs for People with Disabilities

I am happy to announce that a bill I supported to modernize the signs designating parking spaces for people with disabilities has been signed into law. The updated symbol and language, called for by advocates internationally, is more reflective of the diverse community of those who utilize the accessible parking spaces.

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The current access symbol is nearly half a century old, depicting a symbol of a stationary individual. The new symbol, known globally as the 'Modified International Symbol of Access,' suggests independence and engagement, transferring the visual focus from the wheelchair to the individual. In addition to adopting the updated symbol, this legislation removes the out-of-date word "handicapped" from the signs and replaces it with the word "reserved."

Last year, the State of New York adopted similar legislation replacing the outdated symbol with the modernized version, and many small businesses in Connecticut have already begun voluntarily making this change. One of Connecticut's larger businesses, Cigna, has already decided to begin voluntarily converting their signage to the modernized version at their locations in the state.
 

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