Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Wheelchair Symbol

 This article looks at the evolving imagery of the wheelchair symbol.  An unofficial version is becoming popular, which shows an athletic person propelling their wheelchair forward.  That's great for sporty users.  The problem is, it now explicitly excludes the more-disabled people who typically use electric chairs or who have someone else push their manual chair.  While I like the active design unto itself, I'm really not comfortable with that exclusivity.  I wouldn't want it to become the official symbol -- but I would be content to see it as one among many diverse symbols for accessible services.
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