NEW YORK STATE -- We recognize handicapped signs when we see them, but those signs could soon change in New York State. Lawmakers are working on a bill to remove the current wording and image they say may be considered offensive.
Downstate Senator David Carlucci introduced a bill to remove the term "handicapped" from signs. The bill would also require the image on these signs to be changed from a figure sitting on a wheelchair to one leaning forward depicting a more mobile image.
Carlucci calls the term "handicapped accessible" outdated, which was coined by the A.D.A. more than 20 years ago.
"The idea is to take the word 'handicapped' out of the equation," said the Democrat from Clarkstown. "We need to show that places are accessible and live in an idea that we can move forward and able to go anywhere they'd really like."
If New York adopts the legislation, it would be the first state in the country to have the sign modified.