Malloy offers bill to update handicapped parking signs

In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 photo, a handicapped parking sign marks a parking spot on Castle Island in Boston. Advocates want to replace the familiar image of a stick figure in a wheelchair with an action-oriented logo to emphasize ability, not disability. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy is proposing legislation that would modernize the handicapped parking sign, emphasizing ability rather than disability.

The Democrat said Friday the updated symbol, which depicts a figure racing ahead in a wheelchair, is more reflective of the diverse community that uses accessible parking spaces. Various advocacy groups have called for the new symbol, which was adopted by New York in 2014.

Under Malloy’s proposal, the new signs would only be installed when a new accessible parking space is being created or an old sign needs to be replaced.

Some disability rights activists want to keep the original symbol, arguing the new one implies prejudice toward people with serious disabilities.

The legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee will hold a public hearing Monday on the bill.

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